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Crianza wine have undergone a minimum ageing process of 24 months, of which at least 6 months have to be in oak barrels, or 12 months for Rioja and Ribera de Duero, with the remainder of the ageing process taking place in bottles. A Crianza wine has been tamed and aged, but still retains a touch of freshness, nerve and power. With a Crianza wine the flavours are earthy and remain closer to the grape than the barrel, although its presence can ever so subtly be sensed. Crianza wines are the perfect balance of fruit and oak wood.

We often hear about wine aging or aged wine, but what exactly is wine aging? And what is an aged wine?

When we talk about wine aging, we are talking about the aging process and how wine develops over time. Wine can be aged in barrels, vats made of different materials or in the bottle. Wine is expected to improve, refine and settle during this process, as well as develop unique and dominant aromas. Aging wines can also make them longer-living.

It is important to remember that a wine’s aging potential and aptitude depend on many factors, from cultivation in the vineyard, the climate of a particular year, the vineyard’s soil, production, winemaking methods… all of these factors influence and determine a wine’s aging ability. Aging and good development will only work with a certain level of quality both in the vineyard and in the winery.

As well as that, the crianza wine denomination in Spain classifies wines according to how long they have been aged. This label is only given to reds that have aged for a total of 24 months before being sold, at least 6 of which must have been in barrels with a maximum size of 330 litres. Whites and rosés must have aged for 18 months with a minimum of 6 months in the barrel. However, there is an exception. With DOCa Rioja red wines, the criteria for being classed as a crianza red wine are slightly different. Here, the wine must spend at least 12 months in the barrel and 12 in the bottle before being sold, the minimum time spent in the barrel is longer than in the rest of Spain.

Because of the production methods used, aged wines show some characteristics of young wine, but they also begin to display certain attributes that can only be achieved through aging. Some aromas gained from aging might be: nuts, honey, dried flowers, chamomile, dried apricots, undergrowth, truffle, mushrooms, heather, cocoa, tobacco, liquorice, vanilla, oak, toast...

Now you know a bit more about crianza wines. Why not take a look at our selection!

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La Montesa 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A $15 wine that tastes like $50, according to James Suckling
La Montesa 2020
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93

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93

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94

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15.50
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Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2019

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A powerful Rioja that is perfect for enjoying alongside avant-garde cuisine
Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2019
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91

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7.95
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Viña Alberdi 2019

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

The baby of the Bodega La Rioja Alta family: a classic Crianza of Rioja
Viña Alberdi 2019
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93

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92

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16.70
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15.02
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Viña Cubillo 2016

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

The youngest of the Tondonia family, pure Rioja
Viña Cubillo 2016
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94

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94

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16.50
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Viña Eguía Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Fresh, lively and flavoursome
Viña Eguía Crianza 2020
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5.65
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Semele Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

An ageing of Ribera de Duero that is incredible value for money
Semele Crianza 2021
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92

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9.95
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Protos Crianza 2019

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

The Crianza from Protos, a winery that is a pioneer in wine production in...
Protos Crianza 2019
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90

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90

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91

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17.85
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Cune Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

One of the most traditional Rioja wines
Cune Crianza 2020
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91

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7.20
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Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A classic of the Rioja’s Crianzas
Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2020
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9.65
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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A Ribera de Duero wine with great nuances and balance
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92

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91

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26.50
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Cillar de Silos 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the best wines in the world, according to Decanter
Cillar de Silos 2020
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92

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18.50
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Gómez Cruzado Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

An eminently fruity red with well integrated wood
Gómez Cruzado Crianza 2020
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92

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92

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91

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10.00
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Torremorón Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Intensity, structure and persistence
Torremorón Crianza 2021
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7.95
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Viña Pomal Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

The signature creation of Bodegas Bilbainas
Viña Pomal Crianza 2020
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89

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90

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90

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8.95
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8.05
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Pesquera Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Faithful portrait of the Ribera del Duero
Pesquera Crianza 2021
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90

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19.75
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Viña Real Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Viña Real Crianza, a classic from Rioja
Viña Real Crianza 2020
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91

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91

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88

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92

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8.45
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Piérola Crianza 2019

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Fruit and aging in balance
Piérola Crianza 2019
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90

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10.65
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Luis Cañas Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A classic Rioja Crianza that is silky, with a good balance between fruit and...
Luis Cañas Crianza 2020
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90

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89

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11.35
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Biga Crianza 2021

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A Rioja of profound flavour at an exceptionally reasonable price
Biga Crianza 2021
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9.15
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La Celestina 2019

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

An elegant and fresh crianza from the D.O. Ribera del Duero
La Celestina 2019
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90

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91

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90

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13.75
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Sonsierra Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A fruity and well balanced red
Sonsierra Crianza 2020
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6.90
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6.55
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Beronia Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A fresh, sweet and balanced coupage
Beronia Crianza 2020
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7.90
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Finca Rodma Selección 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Fruit and wood in harmony
Finca Rodma Selección 2021
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93

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26.05
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