2013 VAZA CRIANZA

VAZA Crianza

The Grape

The majority of the grape varieties in the Rioja regions are red, led by Tempranillo, followed by Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. A handful of wineries, known in Spain as Bodegas, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon. The sole source of grapes for our wines is the Alavesa region, the most prestigious of Spain’s Rioja regions and home of the Vaza winery - Solar Viejo. Rioja Alavesa is higher in altitude with low levels of rainfall.

The Blend

100% Tempranillo

Tasting Notes

Vaza crianza has its own particular personality, emanating from the Tempranillo grapes used, and the carefully monitored ageing process in French and American oak barrels. Garnet red in colour, of medium intensity.

The nose opens with intense aromas of ripe red fruit, but once the glass is swirled the complexity increases markedly and the flavours of barrel ageing start to appear – noticeably vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and caramel.

Good palate structure, with elegant, pleasant tannins. Positive flavours of oak, and in the finish those fruit flavours so typical of our Tempranillos. There is a good acidity which will allow the wine to develop well in bottle.

Food Affinities

This is a versatile wine which will pair well with many dishes. It is particularly suited to cold meat dishes, aged cheeses and red or casseroled meats.

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Wine Ratings & Reviews

RECOMMENDED
"Beefy red chili wants a fruity, low-tannin wine like the 2011 VAZA Crianza."
- Cooking Light, October 2015

88 POINTS - 2010 Vintage
"The Vaza Crianza is fresh and fruit forward with attractive dark red fruit notes. While modestly concentrated, it is very pleasant drinking, with dry firm tannins on the finish."
- International Wine Review, July 2014