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Vina Real Rioja Crianza
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Vina Real Rioja Crianza 2015

Rioja, SpainFresh and super juicy, this Crianza embodies the classic Rioja balancing act with superb ripe red fruit, lively acidity and ripe tannins. Lovely berries and cream signal a familiar Rioja nose, with vibrant aromas of cherries, raspberries and currants. Of course, the sweet creaminess of American oak plays a vital role, mellowing and rounding the tangy tartness of tempranillo, while providing a velvety softness of texture. Vina Real evokes a popular traditional style, with overt earthiness, the fragrance of antiquity and clear Riojan identity. Vina Real is only ever made from fruit grown in the sub-region of Rioja Alavesa, where limestone clay soils and a mild climate yields lighter and elegant wines. The future of Rioja is all about focusing on sub-regional distinctions, and Vina Real has been doing this since the brand’s inception in 1920. Pair the exuberant fruit with spicy bbq ribs, or even blackened sockeye salmon.Tasted: 23 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 21.99 BCLS Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Tempranillo - Garnacha - MazueloCSPC: 356386UPC: 8410591002468