2012 Castillo de Viñas Reserva Rioja SKU #1283606

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K&L Notes

Our newest DI Rioja comes from Rioja Baja, where the climate is a bit warmer and more Mediterranean. The Garnacha is arguably the best in all Rioja, the Graciano ripens more easily and shows great promise, and Tempranillo, planted on choice parcels like they are here, is also quite good. Castillo de Viñas was a label put together for us by one of our contacts in Rioja, and is made by the Burgo Viejo winery, a group of growers who have some great quality vineyards in the area. The Reserva quality fruit, combined with a warmer, more structured vintage, make this bottling a bit more deeply pitched, with darker fruit and the ability to beautifully complement a nice cut of meat or lamb chops. Solid and super tasty. A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.

Staff Reviews

  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    A remarkable direct import from K and L, the Castillo De Vinas, or "Castle of the Vines," label from Rioja strives to produce "Classic Rioja, rich and balanced," which is a fine description of this beauty. Aged a minimum of three years, the 2012 Reserva is a fine value, with lifted spice and floral aromas suspended over bright bing cherry, stewed strawberry, plum and creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied, but with a strikingly smooth, rich texture, with fine tannins and a very well balanced acidity. This elegant, effortless wine is just as well enjoyed on It's own with some good conversation as it is with a serious meal.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is an extraordinary value for the price point. A lively nose right off the bat with stewed red cherries, intense plum, and blackberry accented with aromas of cedar and clove. Lively acidity on the palate accompanied with integrated tannins. Notes of unripe red cherries, leather, and pointed vanilla. Subtle bouquet of cinnamon, dried herbs, and black pepper additionally. Fantastic choice with grilled chicken or pork chops.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Be forewarned: Do not don one of the unwieldy medieval helmets shown on the front label while attempting to drink this robust Rioja, as it's far too tasteworthy to waste a single drop! Attired in deep red hues, this forward-drinking, effusive Reserva spent 18 months in both American and French oak. It resonates with fragrant aromas of black cherries, vanilla and raspberries, revealing a layered palate of riper dark fruits embellished with a tinge of earth and char. Enjoy this now or over the next decade.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Another immediate favorite from our newest Direct Import (DI), Castillo de Vinas! This Reserva is just beginning to demonstrate some of the more savory secondary elements that come with a few years in the bottle. Nevertheless it still exhibits quite a bit of fresh, full-bodied, dark berry fruit. The whole is tied together with classic Rioja "red earth" and spice notes, resulting in a very drinkable and delicious medium-bodied wine with excellent balance and length.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Our newest Direct Import Rioja, this 2012 Reserva shows the richer, darker fruit quality of this warm vintage. The wine also has underlying toasty and subtly smoky barrel notes combining with balanced acidity for a plump, richer expression of Reserva Rioja done right. A great wine to check out for those curious about Spanish reds. There is a whole lot of material and a lot to like here....


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