This Marques de Caceres Rioja review is part of our accessible wine series. A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great value wines that aren’t too tough to find. Learn about Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza tasting notes, food pairings and other wine making style information.
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Review from Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, Spain
This particular Crianza is easy to find at most major liquor and grocery stores – even wholesalers such as Costco for a modest price. That’s a good thing, considering this wine is from my favorite region in the world and it’s damn good. It’s typically priced between $11.99 and $14.99 depending where you shop. This particular Rioja blend is one of my favorites as it exudes beautiful yet subtle mineral tones thanks to the soil makeup of the two sub-appellations from which the grapes are sourced.
Marques de Caceres crafts several wines. Out of their entire line, the Crianza is the youngest. What’s a Crianza you ask? In La Rioja, Vintners are required to abide by a number rules for a good reason.
These regulations are set in place by a regulatory body in an effort to ensure only the finest quality wines come from the Rioja region. The word Crianza has to do with aging. A Crianza can be either a single varietal or a blend of varietals. In either case, it must be aged for at least two years. One of which must be inside an oak barrel and the other within the bottle before it can hit store shelves.
The Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza is sourced from at least a couple of vineyards, which isn’t uncommon for some large production wine operations in the Rioja wine region. 85% of grapes are sourced from the Rioja Alta region, with another 15% being from Rioja Alavesa.
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2011 Tasting Notes
This is a full-bodied, fleshy red wine.
In the glass, it emits a beautiful dark ruby red hue. The nose is filled with ripe red fruit, dry forest leaves and strawberry.
On the opening palate, we get big hints of raspberry and red currant, which are backed with undertones of cranberry. These red fruits are further enforced by grippy tannins, elevated acidity and bits of black pepper spice.
Approaching the mid-palate and persistent through the close, we get some chalky minerals, vanilla bean, and cherry-tomato over a medium-long finish.
Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2011 Food Pairing Ideas
Because of the red fruit flesh in this Crianza, and also because of its refreshing acidic content, consider pairing this wine with tomato based pastas or dishes. Margarita style pizza, chicken parmesan, or penne pasta with tomato basil and garlic meat sauce. Any of these options are relatively easy to cook, but keep in mind this wine can be consumed sans food as well.