A Tasty Tempranillo from Rioja- Montecillo Crianza 2007

Last week I received a couple bottles of Montecillo Tempranillo from Rioja.  I am a huge fan of wines from this region for many reasons, including the fact that not only are the wines easy on the palate, but they also are generally incredible values.  The first bottle of the night was Montecillo Crianza 2007.  Montecillo Winery is the 3rd oldest producer in the Rioja region and their Tempranillos have received much critical acclaim.  My husband and I paired the Crianza with our cheese course (which included Manchego and Smoked Cheddar) and hoped we were in for a great start to our meal.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Montecillo Crianza 2007 is 100% Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $12.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Crianza pours a bright ruby in the glass.  It has a musty nose that reels you in with notes of cedar, spice, and sour cherry.  The sour cherry continues on the palate and is surrounded with tobacco, cedar, and dusty tannins. This wine has plenty of acidity and the finish is smokey with a little bit of lingering spice.  Although this Tempranillo could be a little more balanced, it is a tasty, rustic wine that is made for food.  Definitely a nice way to start our evening and an incredible buy for $12!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with Manchego or Smoked Cheddar cheese, steaks, burgers, or paella

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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