Nothing if not Conventional – Roast Lamb and Rioja

The wine is The Society’s Rioja Crianza 2006. It is 13% alcohol and currently £6.95 from The Wine Society.
What can I say? It is a classic combination and this Rioja is very reliable and very good value. It is firmer than the ultra-smooth, fruity and vanilla-essence experience of many other Riojas and all the better for that if you care about enjoying your food.
Crianza, by the way, means that the wine has been matured for at least two years including at least 6 months in oak barrels. The next steps up are Reserva which means three years ageing with one year in oak, and Gran Reserva which means five years ageing, at least three of them in bottle, and 18 months in oak.

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2 Responses to Nothing if not Conventional – Roast Lamb and Rioja

  1. Crianza would make a lovely name for a child. Could be Chardonnay’s younger sister.

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