Vina Olagosa Rioja Crianza
Red Berries, Refreshing, Smooth
5% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo, Tempranillo
Refreshing berry notes, nuanced spice and a mellow, smooth, charming finish.
Delightful garnet colour with orange tinge, powerful vanilla aroma.
Perica Rioja Crianza retains a light style, good oak, nice toasty nose, fruit.
Food Match: Best with grilled oily fish, grilled meats.
Rioja vineyards were planted in 1850s by wealthy merchants/industrialists from the Basque region, which is just over a mountain range from Rioja to the coast. They wanted fragrant reds (yes reds) to serve light and chilled with the fish and meats they ate. At the same time French merchants began to look across the border when Phylloxera struck their vines.
There was a cross fertilisation of knowledge but it meant that the Crianza style we have today is very much the wedding of Tempranillo reds wanted by the Basques with a lick of oak ageing learnt from the French. Of course oak came to predominate in all Spanish red wines, but here it is gentle to start with. This is to simplify and not all wineries did the same things but it does to get our bearings.
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