Montecillo Rioja Crianza 2016 / 750 ml.

Item#: 65708

WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2019
Fresh berry and red plum aromas are lifted by complementary notes of oak grain and vanilla. This value-priced crianza from a very good year feels flush but primed by punchy acidity. Red plum, berry and a hint of wood spice make for a classic Rioja flavor profile, while this remains tasty and fresh on the finish.
JS8888 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
There’s a plush, ripe core of vibrant red fruit and tannins on offer here. The palate is mid-weight and elegant. Drink now.

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Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha

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WE90 90 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (12/1/2019)

Fresh berry and red plum aromas are lifted by complementary notes of oak grain and vanilla. This value-priced crianza from a very good year feels flush but primed by punchy acidity. Red plum, berry and a hint of wood spice make for a classic Rioja flavor profile, while this remains tasty and fresh on the finish.

JS88 88 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Friday, July 26, 2019)

There’s a plush, ripe core of vibrant red fruit and tannins on offer here. The palate is mid-weight and elegant. Drink now.

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Appellation / Rioja

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

Region / Rioja

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One of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja lies in north central Spain near the border with France along the Rio Oja River. In fact, many French winemakers moved to this mountainous region from Bordeaux in the 19th century to escape the blight of Phylloxera, which was prevalent at that time. Red wines are typically blends, most commonly using Tempranillo and Grenache (Garnacha) grapes. White wines here are made from Viura grapes.

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The picturesque countryside of Spain is littered with vineyards large and small, and offers up some of the best value available on the wine market today. You can consistently fine critically-acclaimed Spanish wines selling for less than their counterparts from other wine-producing countries. The Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions are most famous, and there's nowhere else in the world where you'll find as many world-class Tempranillos.

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SKU 65708
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Montecillo Rioja Crianza
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Product Location - Location-Appellation Rioja
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Montecillo
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Tempranillo, Garnacha
Primary Grape Tempranillo
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, November 20, 2022
Savory and complex with dried orange peel, cedar and plenty of sweet spices, walnuts, caramel, dried mushrooms and pine needles. Shows maturity here, with a medium body and superb freshness. Incredibly long finish with lots of truffle and walnut. Lasts over a minute. Very complete now, but you can still hold it. (James Suckling)
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WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2019
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JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
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