Bodegas Urbina Crianza 2015


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DOCa Rioja


95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano/Mazuelo




92 Points: Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2024

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Organic practices, Vegan

Tasting Notes

Bodegas Urbina Crianza 2015 vintage ooze the classic, elegance and charm of a mature Rioja. It is a beautifully refined wines in perfect balance – this is what mature Rioja is all about! We are enjoying the 2020 Rioja Crianzas from other Bodegas at the moment, but it is a delight to savour this mature, Urbina Crianza.

There is an immediate appeal in this wine of intense strawberry, blackberry and vanilla and the creamy, smooth black fruit flavours that follow from this complex, silky Crianza are stunning. It has good structure, with some firm tannins in the background which mean that it will last. However, If you want to enjoy a mature Rioja Crianza now, without cellaring it, this is an excellent choice. It is smooth, velvety and savoury with excellent length.


2015 Vintage – “Unashamedly classic in style, this predominantly American oak-aged Tempranillo marries grapes from Uruñuela and Cuzcurrita. Very much a cool climate style, it’s savoury and refreshing, with pomegranate, tobacco leaf and coconut flavours. Ageing gracefully. 92 Points.  Drink 2024-27”   Tim Atkin MW Special Report Rioja 2024

“Impressive indeed for a Crianza. Raspberry and cassis, a hint of charcuterie and smoke, then the palate just reaching the plateau of drinkability, the fruit now ceding to more savoury briary notes. Great value. Drink 2021 – 2024”  90 Points: Highly Recommended: Simon Field MW, Decanter October 2021

“Even the Crianzas at Bodegas Urbina are released late, with lots of barrel and bottle age. Showing the sweetness and lightness of touch that are the hallmarks of the bodega’s reds, this pure Tempranillo is spicy, savoury and very smooth with palate-caressing tannins and a balsamic flourish. Drink 2021 – 2026”  Tim Atkin MW: 2021 & 2022 Special Reports Rioja.

“Vineyards in Cuzcurrita supply the Tempranillo grapes for this delightfully traditional Crianza, which is still young by the standards of some the Urbina family’s reds. Elegant, refined and lightly balsamic with fine tannins, a kiss of oak and savoury red berry sweetness. 92 Points – 2011 vintage. Drink 2019-24” Tim Atkin MW: 2019 Special Report Rioja

“Classically structured, fully mature, silky, savoury Crianza with lifted acidity. Crying out for grilled lamb.”  Sarah Jane Evans MW

About the Bodega

This wine comes from a family-owned, Single Estate, situated in the northern area of Rioja Alta. Their 75 hectares of vineyards have been carefully nurtured by the family for four generations and they use organic fertilisers, indigenous yeasts and avoid the use of weedkillers and pesticides. The vines are grown mainly in the bush form and yields are kept low. The grapes for this wine come from 30 + year old vines and are hand-harvested and selected. It has spent 12 months in American oak barrels before extended period in bottle in the Bodega.

Food match: Roast meats, especially lamb. It will also be good with lighter meats and cheeses.


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