Today’s wine is a delightful Crianza from Conde de Valdemar in the Rioja region. This mostly Tempranillo (90%) blended with just 10% Mazuelo, also known as Grenache, is a brilliant cherry-colored wine.
It is light and vegetal on the nose with a hint of that rich berry fruit; Intense with mature, full fruit like cherry and plum but velvety smooth on the palate. On the finish, cocoa and leather comes through in this textured and complex red. It was aged 15 months in American Oak.
This would pair nicely with Mediterranean dishes such as eggplant, tomato and feta as well as hearty stews and soups for Autumn. It is smooth enough to drink alone or perhaps with a cheese plate or chocolate dessert! This is a really pleasant wine. Earlier vintages received between 87-88 points from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast and it is priced well around $12-14. This is a wonderful change from a regular Cabernet night. Change things up and give Crianza a try next time you’re at the local wine shop!