Spanish wines are some of the finest in the world. Of those wines, the Rioja region produces some of the top wines in all of Spain. Campo Viejo Rioja 2010 is an affordable entry-level introduction to the wines of Spain, and Rioja wines, specifically.
Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes (the most famous grape used in Rioja), Campo Viejo Rioja 2010 is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being aged in American oak barrels. The result is a delicious, intense, ruby red-colored wine that is food-friendly and also able to be enjoyed on its own.
The Campo Viejo winery is a state-of-the-art complex located in Logrono, a bit south of Bilbao in Northern Spain. Founded in 1959, Campo Viejo is one of the most respected wineries in Spain and a leader in the Rioja region. Campo Viejo’s new winery, an architectural masterpiece, opened in 2001. A commitment to sustainable agricultural practices has established Campo Viejo as a leader in conservation efforts in Rioja.
The wine itself is nothing short of delicious. Aromas of strawberry, red raspberry, and vanilla are abundant on the nose and carry through to the palate. A slight hint of smoke reminiscent of American barbecue is detectable, along with oak, cherry, raspberry and cocoa flavors. There is a nice amount of acidity and light mouthfeel, making this wine very easy to pair with food.
Grilled meats, especially lighter meats like chicken and pork, will pair well with Campo Viejo Rioja 2010. Barbecue will pull out the smoke notes in this wine, making for an excellent pairing—pasta, cheeses, and paella will also match quite well with this wine.
While Spanish Riojas are usually a mix of grapes, with Tempranillo being the main grape and Garnacha and other varietals being added to the blend, Campo Viejo Rioja is 100% Tempranillo. The result of this is a lighter bodied wine than many other Riojas, and because of this, the 2010 is drinking exceptionally well right now. There is no need to cellar this wine, drink it now through 2014 for the best results.