Tim Atkin-La Rioja. Spain- ""Bodegas de la Marquesa is often descrided as a traditional producer, but its wines are not old-fashioned in the least. This smooth, floral, textured Crianza combines Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American wood...""
Tempranillo is the great red grape of Spain, producing a variety of wine styles in regions around the country. Tempranillo wine typically features medium acidity, medium tannins and dark red color. Young, unoaked versions will be pleasantly fruity, with flavors of red fruits and jam. More complex versions, aged in oak – often American oak – will have vanilla, toast and meaty notes.