Following the lovely suggestion from a couple of fellow enthusiasts, I have been on a leisurely exploration of Riojas. I was shocked to find that my rather large local warehouse-type wine shop only carries one brand of a Rioja Reserva. Seeing as how the choice was made for me, I agreeably added Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2007 to my shopping basket. Campo Viejo was founded in 1967 and is part of Domecq Bodegas, the largest quality winemaker/exporter in Spain, and one of the leading names in the Rioja appellation. Domecq Bodegas is comprised of multiple bodegas or vineyards, each one focusing on producing wines that reflect the individual character of the vineyard. With a commitment to its people, innovation and the environment, Bodegas Campo Viejo is the first Spanish winery to achieve Carbon Neutral certification. Some of the methods they have employed to attain this honor are using electricity from renewable sources, smart irrigation practices, natural pest control, processing using gravity not pumps, and reducing the weight of its bottles.
Garnet with ruby highlights, lush aromas of cherry, vanilla and woodsy tobacco radiated from the glass. Bright cherry, blackberry and herbaceous fennel were supported by earthy leather elements and velvety soft tannins in the medium body. Hints of cherry mingled with toasty oak and caramel notes in the moderate finish. Silky smooth and easy drinking, this is a fantastic glass on its own or at the table.
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo
Produced and Bottled by Bodegas Campo Viejo
Enjoy now thru 2015