“Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.” — William F. Buckley, Jr.
And to paraphrase William F. Buckley, Jr., life isn’t all bad if you can buy a delicious wine for a ten-spot. The Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2007 is a Wine Harlot best buy. The wine is an easy drinking red with a bright cherry color, the cherries continue on the nose and the palate, with the addition of all the delicious summer fruits – blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and stone fruit, with vanilla and spiced chocolate on the finish. The Campo Viejo Crianza Rioja is the youngest of the Riojas and is a great value. If you can find the Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva, check it out – for just about four dollars more you can have a wine with a bit more bottle age and elegance. For food, Rioja calls out for meats off the grill, but if you can’t get enough of paella, try Paella Valenciana. The music match? Beethoven sonatas, naturally. You can buy them all and listen to them for ten years. Wine Harlots raise a glass to simple pleasures.
The details: 13.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Rioja. Varietals: tempranillo 85%, garnacha 10%, mazuelo 5%. The retail is about $9-11 USD and is widely available. This was a media sample kindly facilitated by The Thomas Collective.
photo credit: EatonAlive ©2011