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?


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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