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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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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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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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£18.63
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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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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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£21.64
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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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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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£15.31
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Puerta Vieja Crianza 2020

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

Made through the expertise of Bodegas Riojanas
Puerta Vieja Crianza 2020
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£9.51
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Valduero Crianza Dos Maderas 2019

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

A pleasant, fruity and balsamic Ribera del Duero
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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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£10.53
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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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92

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£12.17
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PradoRey Finca Valdelayegua 2020

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

Complexity and minerality
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£19.43
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Arzuaga Crianza 2020

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

A red wine from Ribera de Duero that is expressive and deep with lots of nuances
Arzuaga Crianza 2020
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£25.93
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Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza 2016

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

A flavoursome, fruity and spicy Rioja crianza
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£16.46
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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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£11.55
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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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£8.89
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Luis Alegre Crianza 2020

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

A red with silky and perfectly integrated tannins
Luis Alegre Crianza 2020
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£12.83
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Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2019

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

A meeting of fruit and wood
Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2019
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£13.63
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Tesalia Tinto 2019

Spain IGP Cádiz (Andalusia)

A wine born in an Andalusian Grand Cru
Tesalia Tinto 2019
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£35.31
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Lan Xtreme 2019

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

Extremely Rioja
Lan Xtreme 2019
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91

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£17.26
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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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£21.55
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