The 2012 Castillo de Viñas Reserva has a fragrant nose of black cherry and mixed berries scents with soft vanilla notes and hints of smoke. The palate it’s smooth, full and juicy with deep cherry and raspberry flavors. Touches of earth and mineral accent the bright mid-palate, which rides into a long, flavorful finish.
Very flexible to pair with grilled chicken, pork chops, burgers, steak, or lamb shank. Add in some roasted red peppers for extra flavor.
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.
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Press & Awards: 90 points —JamesSuckling.com
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: Rioja DOCa
Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Aging Level: Reserva
Aged for 18 months in American and French oak barrels.
SWE Portfolio: Fine Value Wine
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): $20