Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo 2012 | Review of the Campo Viejo Tempranillo Wine - Picture of Campo Viejo Bottle and Glass of Tempranillo Wine

The Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo, Vintage 2012 is a light-bodied, spicy and red fruit forward dry red wine.

Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo Review from Rioja, Spain

Vintage: 2012

Sitting at LAT N:42″28’48” LON W: 02″29’08” the picturesque vineyards of Campo Viejo reside within Logroño, Spain in Rioja (DOCa).  These vines sit atop arguably one of the most beautiful and flavor prone Old World terroirs in the world.  Tempranillo produced by Campo Viejo is sustainably grown and sourced from a variety of vineyards in Rioja.

“I adore working with tempranillo.  It’s such a versatile grape.  I love seeing the many different ways it can express its character insuch a diverse range of wines.” – Elena Adell, Chief Winemaker for Campo Viejo.

Campo Viejo Tempranillo Tasting Notes

In the glass, this spicy varietal shines with a black cherry and dragon fruit hue.  On the nose, a bright bouquet of tart cherry and refreshing acid pops.  The opening palate is dry, bright, upbeat and spicy.  Lingering hints of acid with relatively soft tannins, backed by raspberry and red currant.  Approaching the mid palate, we get some really great tones of dried leaves, limestone minerals, cracked red spice, tomato and ripe red cherry.  The close is just as upbeat as the open, with acid rebounding and directing some soft tannins to a subtle sense of astringency.  Notes of more red currant, herbs, mushroom and cranberry linger on the finish as a light vanilla touch perpetuates on the aftertaste.

Food Pairing Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo

I really like this wine alongside fish. This is a light-bodied, spicy and relatively acidic tempranillo, which pairs perfectly alongside lighter-bodied pasta, fish or poultry dishes.  Consider heavier bodied fish dishes, such as salmon or swordfish. Utilizing tomato based sauces or citrus marinades will aid in softening the perception of acidity on the palate.

It doesn’t NEED to be fish, but I really would avoid heavy meats with this. Save the meat pairings for a heavier bodied wine.


The Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo is a solid buy.  This version (non-Reserva) can typically be found for under $ 10.  Very often for just around $ 8.  You’re getting a great value, for a spicy varietal that was crafted with care in Spain.  The 2012 Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo can usually be found at most major liquor and grocery stores.  You can also order it online through our partner!  Just remember that their Reserva and Gran Reserva Tempranillos are more expensive than this basic tempranillo.

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