2015 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva
2015 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Winemaker Notes; Fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and oak (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut), enriched by the complex aromas developed during bottle ageing.Very attractive on the palate, with ripe fruit and spices, tobacco and toasted oak. Elegant and soft tannins, middle weight, long and complex finish. Delicious with red meat, grills and roasts, game, mature and blue cheeses.
Critical Acclaim TATim Atkin; Campo Viejo gets a lot of stick for being the biggest bodega in Rioja, but the quality of its wines is more than decent. This widely distributed blend of Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo is fresh, perfumed and lightly wooded with racy acidity for a 2015. 2020-23
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. It has also been successfully adopted in the New World, especially in California, Argentina and Australia. In 2020, Tempranillo was the third most planted grape variety in the world.
Rioja in Northern Spain is best known for berry-scented, barrel-aged red wines made from Tempranillo and Garnacha. It is arguably Spain’s top wine region. It is certainly the most famous, rivaled only by Jerez. The vineyards trace the course of the Ebro River for roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) between the towns of Haro and Alfaro.
Other than Tempranillo and Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) are also used in red Rioja wines. A few wineries, notably Marqués de Riscal, use small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon. White grapes are much less widely planted.
Bodegas Campo Viejo is a major Spanish producer based in Rioja with a winery near the region’s capital of Logrono. Its first vintage was 1959 and since then it has grown to be one of Rioja’s largest wineries and most-represented Spanish wine brands with distribution to more than 70 countries.