campo viejoUbiquitous, inexpensive, reliable, simple goodness. This is an ideal, go-to, everyday wine.

Black cherry, baking spices, with raw wood notes lurking behind the hints of vanilla, a classic  Rioja nose with good intensity.

in the mouth its juicy up front, medium body, but finishes dry and lean, with persistent, powdery tannins supporting cocoa on the finish.

Wine labeled Rioja with no further classification are young wines with no or minimal oak (They were formerly referred to as Joven). This one spends 4 months in American oak.

Score: 86

Price: $10

Alc: 13%

With medium acidity its charming rusticity is enhanced by Lyle Lovett’s I’ve Been to Memphis which pulls out the wines earthy quality.