2016 Rioja Crianza, Quinto Arrio Rioja Navarrsotillo, Rioja, Spain
The Qvinto Arrio Crianza is aged for at least 12 months in American and French oak barrels. Its ripe red fruity aromas combine perfectly with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and sweet spices. This is the perfect wine for a grilled steak.
It is rare in Rioja for producers to own all their own vines, let alone to farm them organically. Certified since 1995, this estate is run by brothers Luís, Ramón and Andrés. Working closely together as a team, Luís provides the commercial nous, Andrés the bravado and Ramón the winemaking. They have some superb vineyards and grow the full range of Navarran varieties, including the wonderful and now rare Graciano. Having worked so hard on growing the fruit, there is a clear reluctance to use too much oak on the barrel-aged wines - a breath of fresh air in Rioja.
14% ABV. Suitable for Vegans.