Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2008

Friday night I enjoyed the company of old friends and a new Tempranillo.  It’s always great when you’re mixing the two, in particular when they get you outside your “usual suspects” and choices.  If you read Notes with any frequency, you see tastes that run domestic more than European, reds more than whites, and Cabernets more than Merlots.  (This last one is obviously a current and seasonal bias…)

Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2008, Spain.

Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2008, Spain.

Consequently, I was really happy when our gracious hosts unveiled this treat on us.  It was a new opportunity to learn, consider, and describe.  The Crianza Red 2008 is deep ruby red in color, and with a hearty berry burst that comes tumbling right out of the bottle into your glass.  I’m not sure if it’s a cherry undertone or red raspberry base, but either way it’s on point.  Not sure if there’s a spice in the mix but presume so…though I have virtually no ability to separate it from the abundant fruity notes.  Easy, smooth finish too…

I sampled my first glass in the waning evening light, playing cornhole on a well-manicured Raleigh NC lawn and surrounded by the laughter of children and lifelong friends, and was fortunate to have another as the day began to wind to a close.  I’m not going to give you the experts’ feedback; the Marques website has that information if you want it.  I know this is affordable, accessible, and should be a ‘no brainer’ that complements a lot of situations in which you may find yourself.  Do it…and soon.

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