Montecillo Rioja Crianza 2017

Montecillo Rioja Crianza 2017

85% Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano. Each varietal is vinified separately in Ganimede system stainless steel tanks (a small proportion is bled off from each to help concentrate the wine) before being racked off into small, underground concrete tanks. Aged for 18 months in new and used American oak barrels with light toast levels then bottle matured for 6 months prior to release.

A vibrant, thoroughly fresh nose full of ripe red fruits with hints of warm patisserie and a subtle touch of anise, the oak is sublimely judged. Lively on the palate too with masses of juicy dark fruit character, polished tannins and a cracking finish with nods to coconut, creamy toffee and vanilla pod to complement the generous fruit.

Here's a wine that balances tradition with modernity to perfection. 

91 / 100, Decanter Magazine 2020, Affordable Rioja (2016 vintage)

"Fresh berry and red plum aromas are lifted by complementary notes of oak grain and vanilla. This value-priced Crianza from a very good year feels flush but primed by punchy acidity. Red plum, berry and a hint of wood spice make for a classic Rioja flavour profile, while this remains tasty and fresh on the finish."

90 / 100, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Best Buy of 2020 (2016 vintage)

Gold Medal, Mundus Vini (2016 vintage)

Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge 2019 (2016 vintage)

Bronze Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2019 (2016 vintage)

Bronze Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2015 vintage)

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