Rioja Crianza, 2017 / '18, Montecillo

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Producer: Bodega Montecillo

Region: Fuenmayor, La Rioja Alta

Blend: Tempranillo, Garnacha (15%)

Serve: 16-18°  |  With: Char-grilled Lamb Chops, Hard Salty Cheeses

Each varietal is vinified separately, with 18 months' independent, second-use, American oak ageing, before a further six months in bottle. The wine displays a vibrant, thoroughly fresh nose of ripe red fruits (cherries) alongside hints of warm patisserie and a subtle touch of anise due to the perfectly-judged oak. The wine is lively yet silky on the palate with sublime tannins from beginning to end, and a rich texture. A stunning finish hints at coconut, creamy toffee and vanilla pod, complementing the generous weight of fruit.

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