2010 Rioja Crianza
Top 10 under $15, 2016 - Wine Enthusiast - 90 Points
Top 100: 2014, Rank: 62 - Wine Spectator - 90 Points
I'm all about spending hard earned bucks on truly great wines for exceptionally memorable experiences, but I also need to get a new family vehicle, the tree in the front yard needs some professional trimming, we have that destination wedding to attend in a couple months and also have to repaint the house and...well, suddenly I'm thinking "how about a great wine on a budget?" Tax returns only go so far.
Once again, Spain comes to the rescue with an incredible value that few other countries can match. Where else do you find a highly acclaimed wine like this for under $15? Viña Cumbrero 2010 Crianza is the answer to my conundrum. Thank you, Spain! Thank you so much!
My notes: Friendly aromas of cocoa powder, luscious raspberry, bright cherry, a subtle herbaceous nature with slightly savory spice notes are hinted. On the palate, the tannins are firm but elegant, with a structure that would drink wonderfully with everything from a grilled ribeye steak, duck cassoulet or even if put on a very light chill I would love to try with a vegetarian red curry with coconut milk. Extremely flexible and definitely meant to pair with an impeccable balance and lovely acidic lift to stay interesting...not to mention a perfectly utilized 13.5% ABV. Not boozy, but still has just enough weight.
I think this is a wine that is the humble musician. It doesn't try to be in the center, under the spotlight, but plays an undeniably important support cast, lifting the main player to new heights. A MUST PAIR wine that will elevate an innumerable amount of dishes. Would drink well on it's own without distracting from conversation, like good jazz music in the background.
Zach Cherry, Wine Director & Certified Sommelier
Lukas Wine & Spirits Superstore, Overland Park KS