Alluring cherry and berry aromas show a touch of candied sweetness, yet overall the bouquet is magnetically attractive. And the palate is deep and spicy, with tons of red fruit accented by toast and chocolate. And as far as complexity notes go, there’s rose petal, lavender and leather. Eminently drinkable; excellent quality to price ratio. Imported by Allied Domecq…
A firm wine with fine structure and balance. The nose is fiery and rustic early on, then seductive as it opens up. The palate exhibits currents of raspberry, cherry and plum, and below the surface there’s vanilla and brown sugar. A smooth operator that shows the Campo Viejo brand in its best light.
This tasty Rioja has an almost chewy feel. Tart dried fruits, leather, licorice and menthol oak aromas and flavors come together well in this—especially at this age—fairly full-bodied wine. Dark and handsome, it still has some tannins to shed, and finishes long and dry. Drink now–2007. —M.M.
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva is normally an excellent wine, but in 2002 it’s good but unspectacular. The nose is solid yet not real precise or alluring, while the flavors of plum, black cherry and cola are about as ripe and appealing as one might expect from a cool, rainy year. A little thin on the finish, but lively as a whole. Drink now.
The bouquet of cherry and raspberry is sprightly and mildly leafy, with hints of leather and dried cheese. The palate is whispy, with red-fruit flavors of raspberry and plum along with mild herbal notes, cocoa powder and dry spice. A basic, lighter-bodied Rioja with a traditional tilt.
Leathery, earthy aromas don’t seem entirely fresh, but they are solid and don’t waiver. Full bodied, with coarse tannins and roasted red-berry, tomato and herb flavors. It’s tight, chunky and long on the finish, with tannic grab, and more tomato and herb characteristics.
A nominally sweet red-candy note helps define the upbeat nose, and it all makes sense once you know that there’s 20% Garnacha in the wine along with 75% Tempranillo and Mazuelo. With airing you get nice pie cherry and raspberry flavors, while the mouthfeel is juicy and correct. A good wine for pizza or hamburgers. Imported by Pernod Ricard, USA.