The 2011 Castillo de Viñas Gran Reserva is richly fragrant with black cherry and raspberry scents and soft notes of vanilla, smoke and damp soil. The palate is silky, structured and refined with flavors of bright cherry and mixed berry and complex touches of violets, earth, vanilla, smoke and spice. The mid-palate is fresh and lively with seamless acidity that melds into a long raspberry and cream finish. Powerful, graceful & long. W&S 93, “Best Buy”
Pairs well with casual to lavish fare like burgers, country sausage, lamb chops, thick cut porterhouse steaks or prime rib. Roasted piquillo red peppers make an outstanding side.
Castillo de Viñas (Castle of Vines in English), is all about “Classic Rioja, Rich and Balanced”. It reflects the best of classic Rioja, with its harmony and elegance, and just enough of modern Rioja, with its ample fruit flavors, for wine lovers to enjoy—glass after glass. The secret of the Castillo de Viñas reds is the dose of Graciano grapes blended in with the core of Tempranillo fruit to add extra depth to the mid-palate and length to the finish. The result is a wine with edge in quality at an affordable price.
Castillo de Viñas Gran Reserva Red 2011
Press & Awards: 93 points & "Best Buy" —W&S; 92 points —JS
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: Rioja DOCa
Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Aging Level: Gran Reserva
Aged 24 months in 225L French oak barrels; 36 months in bottle.
SWE Portfolio: Fine Value Wine
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): $30