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Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2016 Margues de Caceres Rioja Crianza

By Norm Bentley - | Sep 10, 2020

Norm Bentley. PHOTO PROVIDED

The North Georgia Wine Advisor

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normwine@charter.net

2016 Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza

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Several decades ago when I was first introduced to Rioja Wines from Spain, I chose the Marques de Caceres Crianza as a sort of go to wine for a variety of occasions. The wine pairs just as well with a grilled steak as it does spaghetti. It is also terrific with fish chowder or Bouillabaisse. This Rioja is a blend of, predominately Tempranillo, with a little Garnacha and Graciano.

The 2016 vintage is a beautiful medium red in color, with a bright nose expressing the scent of red raspberries. The flavor is raspberry and black cherry. It is a little jammy, with a touch of oak, which enables the finish to sail off into the night The alcohol content is 13.5%, and Norm’s score is 90.

Last night we sampled a bottle of the Marques de Caceres Crinza along with Mojo Chicken with Couscous, and some ripe tomatoes from our garden. It was an excellent companion for our dinner.

Score: 90

Price: $11 – $15