A balanced and beautiful Rioja that presented with blackberries, oak and spice. 

2012 Campo Viejo Gran Reserve Rioja

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I love a good Rioja.

Balanced and easy to drink at just about any time of the day.

The Campo Viejo was the perfect pairing for our evening.

We served it with a pan seard ribeye steak that was finished with a garlic rosemary butter and mashed potatoes.

The wine stood up to the fatty nature of the steak and helped bring a brightness to the meal that was much needed.

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2012 Campo Viejo Gran Reserve Rioja

We bought this bottle at Total Wine & More for around $21.00.

From the Winemaker:

“A reassuringly balanced Rioja wine which retains fruity character after being passionately crafted over the course of five years. Balanced with smoky and spicy notes from oak.”

Tasting Notes:

Producer: Campo Viejo
Year:
2012
ABV: 13.5%
Region: Rioja
Country: Spain
Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Rating: 91 pts. from Decanter
Aged: At least 24 months in oak, total aging 5 years.

Here’s what we tasted in this bottle 🍷

In the Glass: medium ruby
Aromas: black fruits, cherry, fig, smoke, chocolate, oak.
Taste: dry, medium to full body, medium + acidity and medium + tannins.

Pairings: tapas, red meat, pasta.

Bottom line:  Easy to drink, great price point and one we will go back to again and again.

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