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burgo_viejo_crianza_bottleI wrote recently about the changing style of Rioja wine. With the use of more French oak and used barrels, some Rioja wines are becoming more fruit forward while others continue the more traditional style of prominent American oak influence.

This wine is definitely old school. Cherry aromas are supported by classic earth, vanilla, and dill pickle notes with vague floral hints playing hide n’ seek with smoke.

On the palate the wine lacks concentration showing sour cherry with a prominent lemony note that is unusual. The light to medium body is enlivened by racy acidity. The tannins, medium grain and a little sandy, steer the dry, herbal finish.

The zealous lemon notes make this interesting but for me it is slightly out of balance. The acidity too prominent but it is a flavorful if rustic wine.

90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano

Score: 88

Price: $13

Alc: 13.5%

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