Campo Viejo Reserva 2005 Tempranillo

Posted on December 26, 2009

Campo Viejo took its name from Campus Veteranus, the Latin name given to the area in northern Spain after it was secured by the Romans. Centuries after the Roman Empire fell, Campo Viejo's founding winemakers produced their first wine in 1959 out of an old winery in Aldanueva de Ebro; this was one of the first Denomination of Origin Rioja wines widely available to consumers. They began exporting wine in the mid-1970's, quickly supplying the lion's share of Rioja's wine exports.

Campo Viejo gave way to Bodegas Juan Alcorta in 2001 with the construction of a new facility that melds traditional winery processes with modern technology. Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva is produced from vineyard plots selected by winemaker Elena Adell. It is aged for eighteen months in barrel and eighteen months in bottle prior to release, in accordance with D.O. regulations (wines from the region are designated "Rioja", "Crianza", "Rioja Reserva", or "Rioja Gran Reserva" based on the type and amount of aging). 


Winery - Campo Viejo

Location - Logrono, Spain

Wine - Campo Viejo Reserva 2005 Tempranillo

Grape Varieties -  Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

Appellation - Rioja, Spain

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price - $13 USD


Nose/Aroma - Blackberries and white pepper. 

Palate/Flavors - Sweet cherries and blackberries, white pepper, vanilla, charred oak, and a certain earthiness like truffles that leads to a medium finish of pepper and plum. Not overly acidic or astringent, smooth tannins, but it has an unique bitterness that I associate with most Rioja reds.  

Food Pairing - Carne asada enchiladas with jalapeno creama fresca and guacamole over a bed of arroz (rice).

Comments - Nice wine, pretty well balanced and relatively complex. Worth the price. Don't be turned off by that unique bitterness, it takes a while to get used to if one hasn't had much experience with Rioja wines. Oh, don't chill the wine (I set the bottle in the snow just for the picture since I thought it looked neat).