Viña Amézola Rioja Crianza, 2018, Rioja, Spain

Superlative: 93/100

Proper Rioja

It's from one of Rioja's oldest and finest wine estates.

High altitude and a cooler climate means the yield is elegant, which can produce classic wines packed full of harmonious red berry.

Tempranillo sourced from old vines grown on heavy clay soil, then lovingly tended through the winemaking process to extract maximum flavour from the wines before being aged for six months in French and American oak.

Unfined and unfiltered

This is what wine is meant to be. An epic and expressive bouquet and a mouth full of black fruits and chocolate. It’s full bodied and never understated. They have integrated the oak to perfection. They’ve tamed this beast of a wine into something that is elegant yet feisty.

Final verdict

Climate: Continental

Soil: Clay

Flavours: Wood

Structure: Classic

Style: Vibrant

Closure: Cork

Approach: Sustainable