Bill Dowd photoThis bargain wine comes from Spain's La Rioja region. The Juan Alcorta Winery is located on a hill overlooking the Ebro Valley. It has underground aging space for 70,000 oak barrels and 6 million bottles.
• Campo Viejo Crianza 2005
This blend of tempranillo, harnacha and mazuelo grapes is aged 24 months, half of that time in oak barrels. Its a classis rioja, ruby red in color and silky oak notes throughout.
The result is some cherry and restrained spice in the nose, then black cherry and plum notes dominate. Some blackberry and hints of floral are evident.
Retails for $8 - $10.
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