Campo Viejo Reserva 2006
18 Months in French & American Oak
Beverage Tasting Institute, 90 Points.
Pernod Ricard USA
One of the stalwarts of old-school Rioja, Campo Viejo’s Reserva shows a mushroomy, toasty, and forest floor nose, and rather than a big and lush fruit basket of aromas, this has red cherries and currants, as well as darker cherries and plums. The mouth is round, almost lush, though tartness (even citrus!) and stoniness garner just as much attention as the riper fruits. The finish has length and toasted mushrooms. Drink now or in the next five years.
Produced in a typical Rioja style, Campo Viejo displays a fruit-driven influence. The wines show good fruit concentration and balance influenced by the use of American oak, which is the hallmark of Campo Viejo. The wine expresses a complex nose of blackberry, cherry, and black plum balanced with aromas of clove, pepper, vanilla, and coconut. On the palate, it is a smooth, full, elegant, and balanced wine with a long finish.
About the Winery
This cutting-edge DOCa Rioja winery was fully operational starting with the 2002 vintage and is situated at the premium estate of Santa Cruz, which borders the old Roman road from Logrono to Fuenmayor. Built underground and covered entirely by vegetation, the winery not only offers the latest in winemaking facilities to ensure the utmost attention to quality, but also serenity, stable humidity and temperature, as well as natural ventilation. Campo Viejo sources grapes from its own high-quality estate vineyards surrounding the winery, where the soils are perfectly balanced with sand, loam, and clay. Additional grapes are sourced from controlled vineyards within the Rioja Alta region, where the growing cycle, viticultural practices, and grading are strictly controlled by the Campo Viejo winemaker.