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Azpilicueta Crianza

Azpilicueta Crianza
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An elegant, balanced, silky and very pleasant Rioja Crianza

Azpilicueta Crianza
Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Variety: Mazuela,  Graciano,  Tempranillo
Designation of Origin: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Production area: La Rioja
Winery: Azpilicueta
Volume: 75 cl., Magnum
Alcohol: 13.5%
Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French and American oak barrels.
Variety: Mazuela,  Graciano,  Tempranillo
D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)
Winery: Azpilicueta
Volume: 75 cl., Magnum
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of Azpilicueta Crianza

Azpilicueta Crianza is a red wine produced by Alcorta in the D.O Rioja.

This winery belongs to the group Domecq Bodegas, which is located in Logroño, in the north of La Rioja.

Azpilicueta Crianza is produced from Tempranillo (85%), Graciano (10%) y Mazuelo (5%). The grapes originate from vines with an average age of 25 years old, located in Fuernmayor.

For production, the must is fermented in stainless steel containers at a controlled temperature of 25ºC, followed by a maceration process for 12 days.

Once finished, Azpilicueta Crianza is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels, with an additional 6 months of refinement in bottle.

Serve at 15.0ºC
Contains sulphites
We recommend decanting before consumption
Pairing
Red meat with sauce, Cold meat, Fish rices, Roasted red meats, Grilled red meats, White meat, Vegetables, Soupy rice, Mushrooms

Tasting notes Azpilicueta Crianza

High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with very little rainfall, spring began with a great deal of rain, which provided favourable conditions for the growth cycle of the vines. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in very healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is noted for a vintage with volume that can be enjoyed as a young wine.
Azpilicueta Crianza 2015 is a balanced, elegant and pleasant red wine. In this vintage, the aromas of ripe red fruit stand out, with spicy and toasted notes of the ageing process. On the palate it is silky, lively and very lingering.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
Sight Intense cherry red with purple reflections. Clean and bright. Nose Good aromatic intensity, highlighted by ripe red fruit on an interesting toasted and spicy base. Appearance of fine notes of vanilla. Taste Juicy and enjoyable attack. Unctuous and velvety mid-palate leaving fine fruity sensations with a few toasted undertones. Good acidity and well-integrated tannins.
Sight Intense cherry red colour with golden flashes. Clean and bright. Nose On the nose there are fruit aromas with a background of toasted wood and soft aromas of vanilla, coconut and spices. Taste Azpilicueta is a crianza with body; soft, balanced and pleasant.
2010 was considered the perfect vintage after some very good years. An optimal growth cycle, without incidents regarding the health of the vineyards. The harvest took place during a magnificent state of the vines and with a moderate production, with good fruit setting and slow ripening. A great year with excellent ageing potential, which resulted in spicy and fruity wines, with a very good structure and acidity.
Sight Intense cherry red colour with purple reflections. Bright wine with good tears. Nose Wine with a marked expression reminiscent of ripe fruit mixed with pleasant spices and elegant wooden notes. Taste Elegant red wine with a soft, pleasant, full-bodied mid palate and a well balanced acidity which provides it with a good freshness. It shows tasty tannins and a very enjoyable but not very long finish.  A very friendly and easy-drinking wine.
Sight Intense cherry red colour with purple trims. Bright. Good legs. Nose Intense aromas of ripe fruit, fine notes of wood and spicy touches which complete this wine. Taste Elegant, soft, pleasant and full bodied wine with a well balanced acidity that provides this wine with a great freshness. Good persistence with lots of souvenirs of fruit and wood.
Sight Dark red, tile meniscus. Nose Medium intensity, without too much volume, there is some red fruit, spicy and some mild toasted. Taste Tasty with excellent acidity, well balanced with nice attack.

Ratings

  • Peñin 91
  • Peñin 91
  • Decántalo 90
  • Peñin 91
  • Peñin 91
  • Decántalo 87
  • Decántalo 87
  • Decántalo 87
  • Peñin 90

Ratings for the vintages from D.O.Ca. Rioja

2017 Very good
2016 Very good
2015 Very good
2014 Good
2013 Good
2012 Very good
2011 Excellent
2010 Excellent
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Very good
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Excellent
2003 Good
2002 Good
2001 Excellent
2000 Good
1999 Good
1998 Very good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Excellent
1994 Excellent
1993 Good
1992 Good
1991 Very good
1990 Good
1989 Good
1988 Good
1987 Very good
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Designation of Origin D.O.Ca. Rioja

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