Antaño 2010 Crianza

85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo (Carignan); 14% ABV
Rioja DOCa, Spain
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 29 Jan

IMG_1391[1]The Antaño 2009 Crianza (what is a Crianza?) was pretty good, if a little too old, so I thought I’d try this one, which probably wouldn’t be.  It wasn’t too old and if anything, might still be too young.

After a few hours in a decanter, the wine showed tangy, earthy, cherry, plum, less ripe boysenberry, and gentle wood.  However, it never seemed to really air and smooth out.  I left about a glass’ worth in the covered decanter overnight.  The next day, it was richer and more forward, but still didn’t seem to even out.  I suspect that, if I had used my usual method of saving wine (stoppered or screw-capped with very little air), the wine would have been pretty good the next day.  Did anyone have any better experiences with this wine?

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One thought on “Antaño 2010 Crianza

  1. Expat

    I think your description is good. Right out of the gate I got some of that old world, euro-funk that I like and some fruit. With time the funk mellowed and the fruit smoothed out and came to the forefront, but like you say, the wine never settled into a nice, integrated spot. Decent but nothing special.

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