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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
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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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£9.82
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Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza 2017

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

A flavoursome, fruity and spicy Rioja crianza
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Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2019

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

A classic of the Rioja’s Crianzas
Ramón Bilbao Crianza 2019
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£11.90
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Pesquera Crianza 2020

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

Faithful portrait of the Ribera del Duero
Pesquera Crianza 2020
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£21.20
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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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£26.73
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Viña Sastre Crianza 2020

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

A Ribera de Duero made in the French chateau style
Viña Sastre Crianza 2020
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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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Martínez Lacuesta Crianza 2019

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

The most pleasant lifelong Rioja
Martínez Lacuesta Crianza 2019
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Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2019

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

A classic Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2019
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Matarromera Crianza 2019

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

According to Wine Spectator, one of the best wines in the world
Matarromera Crianza 2019
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£25.80
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Arnegui Crianza 2019

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

A Crianza from the D.O.Ca. Rioja produced by Pagos del Rey
Arnegui Crianza 2019
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Izadi Crianza 2020

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

A red you can’t go wrong with
Izadi Crianza 2020
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Baigorri Crianza 2019

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

A very elegant and silky red
Baigorri Crianza 2019
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Lan Xtreme 2019

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

Extremely Rioja
Lan Xtreme 2019
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£17.26
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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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Beronia Crianza 2020

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

A fresh, sweet and balanced coupage
Beronia Crianza 2020
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Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2020

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

Expressive, sweet and balanced
Eguren Ugarte Crianza 2020
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Muga Crianza 2020

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

A classic that never gets old
Muga Crianza 2020
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Victorino 2021

Spain D.O. Toro (Castilla y León)

Elegance and character
Victorino 2021
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£44.52
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Torremorón Crianza 2021

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

Intensity, structure and persistence
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£10.53
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Glorioso Crianza 2019

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

Intense and sweet fruitiness from Rioja Alavesa
Glorioso Crianza 2019
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Rioja Bordón Crianza 2019

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

The elegance of a Rioja classic
Rioja Bordón Crianza 2019
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£11.28
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Diez-Caballero Crianza 2019

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

A deep and elegant ageing Rioja
Diez-Caballero Crianza 2019
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