About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Marques de Caceres 'Crianza' 2008

Grape Variety: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta & Graciano

Growing Region: Rioja, Spain

Consultant Winemaker: Michel Rolland

Gold Medal - Monde Selection, Brussels 2011

Every time I hear the name Rioja, or in this case Crianza - I develop a large smile across my face and a flood of colourful aromas, tastes and memories take over my senses and thoughts. Just a few years ago, I had an unforgettable experience in this most prestigious and traditional of wine regions in northern Spain. Its reputation is based on the high quality and noticeably bold personality of its dynamic wines. Due to rigorous controls, as well as the high demands on quality carried out in the production of these wines, Rioja has the Denominacion de Origen Calificada seal of quality on their wines.
This Crianza, from Marques de Caceres will virtually dance on your taste-buds. In the glass the wine has a bright ruby-red colour with darker highlights. The wine is rich and full-bodied, made only in excellent vintages from hand-picked Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes grown in Rioja Alta region. Aged for 12 months in a careful mix of French and American oak casks, this Marques de Caceres Crianza has aromas of spices, dark berry fruits and wild herbs. The palate is inviting and lively with a solid backbone of silky-smooth tannins, giving the wine a pleasant and persistent finish. Decant 1 hour before serving at 17C.

Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will age nicely over the next 3-4 years.

Perfect wine match with grilled or roasted meats, paella, mushroom risotto, tapas and even a dark chocolate dessert, enjoy.

One of the most friendly and versatile of red wines.


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