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Rioja Crianza (Spain)

Rioja is a DOCa wine region in Northern Spain.

A typical Rioja blend consists of approx. 60% Tempranillo and up to 20% Garnacha.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Blueberry

Herbs
Herbs
Licorice
Licorice
Spices
Spices
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries and Red and Black Berries are typical Rioja Crianza flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Licorice, Spices, and Minerals.

Profile

Rioja Crianza has good acidity and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Ham
Ham
Salami
Chorizo
Chili
Chili

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

Rioja Crianza is perfect with Lamb and Pork.

It is also perfect with Filet Mignon, but lacks the tannins for a fat Beef.

Young Rioja Crianza pairs well with both Spicy and Tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Olives. Cold Cuts. Chorizo.
Pizza. Spaghetti. Lasagna.
Tomato Based Meatballs.
Savory Stews. Moroccan Tagine.
Poultry. Pork. Lamb.
Red Pepper Dishes.
Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Cheese:
Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal.
Pecorino Toscano.

Spanish Specialities:
Paella.
Chili con Carne.

Best Pairing Unoaked Rioja Crianza:
Tapas. Pizza.
Cold Cuts.
Soft Cheese.

Rioja Crianza Crianza:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Grilled Salmon.
Casseroles.

Rioja Crianza Reserva:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Mushroom Dishes.

Rioja Crianza Grand Reserva:
Grilled Suckling Lamb (Lechazo).
Grilled Suckling Pig.
Grilled Lamb Chops.
Manchego Cheese.

If You Like Rioja Crianza

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Rioja Crianza (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Rioja DOCa

Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties. A typical blend consists of approximately 60% Tempranillo and up to 20% Garnacha.

Rioja was the first Spanish region to be awarded DOCa status in 1991:

DOCaDenominación de Origen Calificada
RiojaLess than one year in Oak Barrel.
CrianzaMinimum 24 months aging. One year in Barrel.
ReservaMinimum 36 months aging. One year in Barrel.
Gran ReservaMinimum 60 months aging. Two years in Oak Barrel.

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.

Wine Region Rioja

Rioja

Rioja is a famous wine region in the north-central part of Spain.

The region is best known for the red Rioja Wine.

Rioja is a blend of the indigenous grape of Spain, Tempranillo, along with other fruity additives like Garancha, Mazuelo, and Graciano.

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