Includes 3 award-winning Rioja Crianzas
New for 2019 – Discover a White Rioja and five distinctive Rioja reds from family producers, including top Rioja Bodegas of Luis Cañas, Ramon Bilbao and Urbina.
This Case comes complete with Tasting Notes – and we have to say a real treat!
Lopez de Haro Blanco 2018 (1 bottle)
Classic white Rioja with aromas of pears and a hint of honeyed oak. The flavours combine greengage, melon, pear with just a hint of vanilla and butter notes; it finish with a light citrus uplift. A well-balanced, dry white wine which is rounded and fresh. 3 months ageing in French oak barrels.
Manzanos Tempranillo Roble 2018 (1 bottle)
A lightly oaked Rioja made mainly from Tempranillo. It has aromas of ripe black and red fruits, spices, liquorice and chocolate. A nicely fruity, round and well-balanced red from family producer Bodegas Manzanos. It has spent six months ageing in mostly French oak, with some use of American oak barrels. This will partner pasta dishes perfectly.
Almaraz Tempranillo 2018 (1 bottle)
An appealing, soft and very lightly oaked Rioja. Made from 90% Tempranillo grapes from 2016 harvest and 10% of grapes from Medievo Crianza 2016. A fresh young wine, with the interest of a more developed wine. From Bodegas del Medievo, an exciting and innovative small winery just South of Logroño, who are producing modern, fruity Riojas.
Bodegas Urbina Crianza 2011 (1 bottle)
Decanter Silver Medal 2012; 92 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2019
This is what mature Rioja is all about. A smooth, elegant wine in perfect balance. Intense strawberry, blackberry and light balsamic aromas with refined vanilla notes that immediately appeal. It has complex, black and red fruit flavours and well integrated oak. Silky and savoury with excellent length.
“Elegant, refined and lightly balsamic with fine tannins, a kiss of oak and savoury red berry sweetness.” Tim Atkin MW From a family-run, Single Estate, whose 75 hectares of vineyards have been in the family for four generations. This wine will be drinking well until 2022 at least, but it is delicious now.
Luis Cañas Crianza 2016 (1 bottle)
91 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2019
Rich blackcurrant and raspberry aromas with hints of balsam and a touch of creamy oak. This leads you into its concentrated, structured black fruit palate which is complex and savoury. It has finesse, excellent balance and length. A complex and appealing Crianza, that is more like a Reserva in style and quality. From a top Rioja family-run producer in Rioja Alavesa. A delicious, modern and elegant Rioja which is great all year round.
Ramon Bilbao Edición Limitada Crianza 2016 (1 bottle)
93 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2019
This limited edition Crianza is fermented in oak vats and then aged in new French oak barricas for 14 months. The result is a rich, smooth Rioja with complex aromas of black fruit, spice, cocoa and chocolate mingled with oak hints. The flavours are equally intense with black berry fruit and a silky warmth with liquorice nuances and toasty oak. It has a velvety mouthfeel, ripe tannins and excellent structure and length. Another Crianza that is more like a Reserva in style and quality. This wine has years of excellent drinking, through to mid 2020s with careful cellarage.