“ A cheaper alternative to the Gran Reserva, the Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza is a very fruity red with subtle woodland undertones. Very drinkable, and great for sharing with friends! „
I love this wine... I stumbled upon it by chance as I really don't know much about wine and this was mid-range price wise in my local Threshers Wine Shop. The bright yellow label makes it easy to spot on the shelves amongst the other wines.
Campo Viejo Rioja
I currently have a glass of this and it is going down very nicely on a cosy winter's Saturday night. Although I could drink this at any time of the year it is a nice winter wine as I feel it is warming when you drink it. This particular bottle cost me £5.49 from Morrisons as it was on offer but usually this wine can range from £5-£12 depending on its age. To me, I can't tell the difference in the more mature bottles so I don't mind paying the £5 for a bottle. I don't drink much as I don't drink in the house, I only drink for social occasions and parties etc. if I haven't had a glass of this for a couple of months I do find myself craving it's taste.
To me, it is a flavoursome wine whilst still managing to stay smooth. I can taste cherries mainly and it does tingle the taste buds when you drink it. If you hold some in your mouth the taste seems to sweeten slightly which is nice and it does taste smoother if left to breathe.
The description on the bottle is - Deep cherry colour which is typical of vibrant Tempranillo (type of grape) wine. The wine has a pronounced nose full of rich intense aromas of ripe red fruits with subtle, sweet notes of vanilla and sweet spices. The palette is fresh, soft and velvety with flavours of red currants, vanilla and chocolate leading to a long elegant finish. Perfect with crispy duck and spinach salad or try with traditional pork sausages and Serrano ham.
To me, I cannot make the connection with chocolate but I do agree it is a very rich wine. This is one of my favourites and I tend to go back to this bottle when I want to treat myself with a glass or two of red.
The bottle is of course recycleable glass and this bottle is sealed with a cork so you will need a bottle stop to preserve it. The alcohol is quite strong at 13.5% and there are over 10 units of alcohol per bottle. The bottle also suggests you serve it at 15-16 degrees which to be honest is pretty typical room temperature.
Thank you for reading - I am now going to continue enjoying this glass!
WHAT IS IT?
A red wine from Campo.
This is a strong tasting red wine that is very fruity but also tastes of chocolate as I swallow it. It is not very sweet but the flavour is soft and smooth so that the wine is easy to drink. I think it tastes of cherries but there are a lot of other fruit flavours in the wine as well, my husband thinks it tastes smokey but I cannot tell that and one of our guests said he could taste pears under the rich red fruit flavour.
WHAT I THINK
I served this Campo Rioja with beef stroganoff when we had guests over Christmas and everyone enjoyed it including me. It is a very heavy wine to drink so with food it was easy to take your time while drinking it, the rich flavour meant it was good with the beef but I think it would also go nice with fish as long as the flavours of the food weren't too delicate.
I like that the aftertaste does not linger in my mouth for a long time because I do not like that with red wine. This one just stays on my palate for 2 - 3 minutes but all it does is get a bit sweeter instead of forming a stale flavour. If I swirl the wine round in my mouth I can taste it developing and different flavours coming through at different times, this is most obvious on the very first glass because after that you become accustomed to the taste.
Because of this Campo wine being so rich it will give you a headache if you drink too much, I also noticed that it made my head feel a bit fuzzy while I was drinking and this happened very quickly before I had even finished off my first glass of wine. It is not a very refreshing drink I don't think and it is one I would only like to drink with food or in the winter. It has got a bit of a spicy aftertaste so I think it would be nice to use in mulled wine or a fruity punch.
This wine contains 13% alcohol so it is quite strong. It costs about £9 a bottle and tasted to me like it would stay fresh if you didn't drink it all in one go. The bottle has a wooden cork so you would need a bottle stopper if you wanted to store it after opening, or you could freeze a small amount to use in cooking at a later date.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Way up in the North of Spain, a long way from where I live on the South Coast, is an area known as Rioja. Under the hot Spanish sun the fertile vineyards produce some of Spain's most popular wines. It was there in 1959 that Jose Ortiguela founded the Bodega, Campo Viejo. He called it after the area where he had grown up as a child, an area of land near Villar de Arnedo which was granted to the honoured retired soldiers of the Roman 4th legion. This area was known as Campo Veterano and eventually, as Campo Viejo,literally translated, the countryside of the old man.
What a nice history! Although I have drunk this wine fairly often I did not know it's background until I started to research for this review. This is the wine that we drank with our roast beef on Christmas Day, and very nice it was too and also, not expensive. The dark green bottle bears a mustard coloured label with Campo Viejo, Rioja, Crianza emblazoned on the front. Crianza means that it has been aged in oak casks for at least 12 months, which depending on the age of the casks gives a hint of vanilla to the taste. On the reverse is a little history of the wine and the types of grape which are used in it's making. As I love the names of varieties of grapes I shall share this with you. 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% Mazuelo. There, don't they sound good? It also sports the Denominacion de Origen Calificada label which is a quality control measure.
Please serve at between 16C and 17C to taste it at it's best. Once uncorked with a satisfying sound, pour some into a glass and admire the deep, deep, ruby rich red colour. It is quite dense and heavy looking but the taste is lighter than it's looks. Breath in and inhale a scent of cherries and red fruits and a little hint of vanilla, Swish it round your glass and people will think you know what you are doing and then have a taste. Again it is red fruits and cherries with just, for me a touch of an acidic taste. It is recommended that you drink this fresh red with rice and vegetable dishes, mushrooms, oysters,(good job I checked that one in my Spanish dictionary as I would have had you drinking it with Ostrich, oops!), white meats and red and roasted meats. Although quite potent at 13.5%vol it does, as it says on the bottle inspire conversation and conviviality and will stand up to strong tasting dishes well. We certainly enjoyed it and I had to hide the bottle with the last inch in it in order to write my review.. If you are fortunate enough to come across this robust red wine drink a toast to the fortunate old soldiers of the 4th Legion sitting out their days beneath the Spanish sun, hopefully sharing a bottle or two of Rioja.
4 stars from me as it is good but could be a little smoother.
I bought my bottle in our local Spanish supermarket for 5.00euros but I believe it can be bought in Tesco's on offer at the moment for 6.29pounds, normally 8.29pounds.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
If you visit www.campoviejo.com you can have a look at their beautiful modern bodega built in 2001 and if you are ever in that area tours can be organised.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
I'm a big fan of wine. My parents have a small (12 bottle) wine rack in our dining room and I've been having a small glass or more of wine with our evening meal since I was a teenager. Now, of course, I have a lot more, and whenever I'm home my parents and I will get through a bottle of wine while cooking and another while eating. They're hardly wine experts but they make good choices and I often go by their recommendations when I'm buying wine to drink myself. There's a lovely wine shop near my boyfriend's flat in Edinburgh (Provenance Wines, if you're interested), but before I discovered it I used to buy most of my wine from supermarkets for convenience. The wine I'm reviewing today is one that I used to often go for as I knew that it was one I liked and it was usually reasonably priced.
== Campo Viejo Rioja ==
Rioja is a wine named after the autonomous community of La Rioja in Spain with qualified destination of origin, meaning that it is grown in that region as well as in parts of Navarre and the Basque Country. Rioja can be made out of various grapes and is usually made from a blend. Campo Viejo is a red tempranillo or crianza from this Spanish region.
== What I Thought ==
Wine connoisseurs will probably gasp, but I have to say I didn't greatly notice when this wine changed from crianza to tempranillo, although Sainsbury's still lists it as being crianza online so it's possible I've been drinking both for the past few years without realising. I still found that it tasted lovely and continued to buy it. While the grape obviously affects the taste of the wine (I find myself going for Cabernet Sauvignon varieties more often than other specific grapes), I believe that where it was made and how greatly affects a wine's flavour more than the grape itself. It is for this reason that I usually choose rioja or Chilean wines if they are available, as I know that they are suited to my tastes.
Campo Viejo crianza/tempranillo is a lovely wine. It's not sweet at all, but is rich and fruity and complements food very well. I would happily drink it with anything, but it appropriately does go with Spanish food especially well. It's a bit spicy and so also goes with spicy food (I have it with Indian take aways a lot) but it won't help to cool your mouth down if you have something too hot.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely wine that I have been drinking and have loved for years. It has become more and more popular over the past few years with it often been given pride of place in supermarket wine aisles, and its price has increased accordingly. It currently costs more than £8 per bottle in most supermarkets (though £6.29 at Waitrose until the end of October), but I definitely used to get it for closer to £5, I'm sure. This is definitely a wine to look out for when it's on offer or to treat yourself with if you want a lovely bottle under £10. It is one of my favourites and I'm sure it'll be one I continue to buy once I'm back in the UK, but I haven't seen it anywhere in Germany yet, sadly.
Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2007
Well, here I am, your resident wine expert back again. The last two days I have been waiting for plumbers to fix a leaking toilet. Not worrying for me, but worrying for the kind folks downstairs whose bathroom ceiling has gone blue (I use bloo blocks). A couple of days off work, a royal wedding coming up, and no choice but to stay home and watch the walls. What do I do?
I have had three bottles of this wine now, the first two I purchased from my local off licence (I call it the blue shop because its blue) for £8.99 each. Earlier today I had to pop out quickly to get some pea sticks for the garden and whilst I was out I popped into my local One Stop shop. I managed to pick up a bottle of the same wine for only £7.65. That might sound expensive to some, but Rioja's are rarely cheap, in fact quite the opposite. £7-£9 is an absolute bargain, especially for a wine of this quality.
For all you snobs out there this wine does not come with a screw top, it comes with a cork, so best start digging your corkscrew out. Problem is, so many cheap and nasty wines these days come with a screw to. Now, I have nothing against screw top wines, in fact a lot of them are excellent quality and it makes it easier to get into. However, I don't feel that a wine like this would be the same with a screw top.
After you have fathomed out your cork screw remover thing and got the cork out, you are left with a very boring looking bottle to be honest. A standard green glass bottle with a mustard yellow label. Nothing to wrote home about. But looks are deceiving.
The wine itself is a deep crimson colour, very smooth (unless you are a numpty and get bits of cork in it) and flows easily from the bottle into a (very) large glass. Upon drinking it you are taken into the world of fine wines. The taste is orgasmic, particularly for a wine of this price. I haven't tasted a better wine since I had a glass of Chateau Neuf du Pape at £13 a glass.
This is a very fruity wine, containing a mix of all flavours from a nose of Cherry to delicate flavours of cranberry and redcurrant. This is a delicious wine to have either on its own (as I am having it now) or with pretty much any kind of food (except fish, I hate fish)
Yum. So good it gives me funny feelings......
Campo Viejo is a Rioja priced at around £7 - although it is often on offer in Sainsburys. It is a blend of Tempranillo, Granacha and Mazuelo grape varieties and is aged for 12 months in American oak and at least 6 months in the bottle. It is 13% and a 75cl bottle contains 9.75 alcoholic units. It is a very nice medium bodied red with berry flavours, a slightly woody aroma and a very subtle hint of vanilla. It is very smooth and easy to drink on its own or with food. Although it is not too heavy to drink on its own, it still retains its flavour with food even strongly flavoured roasts. I think it is a particularly good accompaniment for Mediterranean dishes particular tapas or lamb dishes. It is not too dry but it is not sweet either. It is pleasantly fruity with a velvety texture and smooth finish. This is one of my favourite wines at the moment and I think it is very good value for money. The label also looks good which makes it a great gift for any wine lover.
Campo Viejo Crianza is a Spanish wine which I find some time at Tesco. It costs around 6 pounds.
I like a very good red wine, very strong like fire!
The bottle shows you that this is not a pale wine and it has a yellow label, with information on the producer. It all looks so Spanish, and this is good!
This wine sits in oak barrels for at least 12 months, but the one I have just finished to drink is dated 2004, and it was a good one! It has a fruity taste, although if you drink more than 3 glasses, with some good meet, I must confess that it starts to have a more bodied taste, and the fruitiness leaves the space to a nice feeling that this is a nice world in which we live, and that somebody is moving my keyboard while I write this review.
You are surely dying to know what grapes are here in this wine, ok, ok, I tell you! It is 85% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano. It comes from the wine producing region of La Rioja.
They also produce a Reserva wine from the same house, and it is supposed to be better! If it is better, I may be tempted to think that you can have an orgasm while drinking, this little bottle, which is not reserve, is already quite good!
I hope I will not get too many comments of the type "I would have like dot know this and that" This wine tastes good, it is intoxicating and even makes me jolly and the right measure of horny. What else do you want to know?
I was bought a present of a bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva 1999 around 5 years ago from Spain and have been looking for it ever since. Obviously, it mustn't last that long! Since then I have bought a couple of bottles of Campo Viejo Reserva whenever I have seen it... one to drink and one for the wine rack...but that never seems to work somehow. I previously bought two from Oddbins on the high street a couple of years ago but I drank them both and they were delicious.
Last week I saw some Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2002 in Tesco's at £5.99 a bottle and, as I had never tried this one, I again bought two. After drinking one last night I decided to write a review on it, so this is the review of the second bottle as I don't remember the first.
The bottle is made of green glass. It has a label on it telling me that it is a Rioja from Campo Viejo and it's a Crianza from 2002. It is made from the Tempranillo Grape, Garnacha Grape & Manuelo Grape. It has been aged for 12 months in oak casks and 6 further in the bottle. It is supposed to be a wine of medium structure, velvety and elegant with fruity aromas and hints of wood. It is an ideal accompaniment with red and white meat, roasts and cheeses. It should be served at 17- 18°C
To open the bottle, the golden, yellowy foil around the top of the bottle has to be cut around the neck. I use the sharp point of the corkscrew to do this then discard the foil cap leaving the rest of the foil around the neck of the bottle to catch any drips.
I then place the corkscrew into the centre of the cork, screw it in quite some way and slowly pull the cork out with an upward motion. I place my little finger in the neck of the bottle and screw it around to make sure there is no gunge there. I take a large wine glass and fill it to almost halfway with the red liquid that looks more dark pink as I pour it. Filling the glass to only halfway, from what I've been told, allows the wine to breathe.
Ok...now to taste. I lift the glass and swirl the liquid around. I notice that it has 'good legs' - the liquid clings to the upper part of the glass slightly, before running down into the base of the glass, where the rest of the wine awaits.
I then dive in with my nose...
1st smell - it smells strong, slightly raspberryish.
(My eyes sting slightly ... must be the fumes.)
2nd smell - A very slight vanilla or cinnamon smell in amongst the raspberry or is that cherry?
(Hmmm, a deceiving little number.)
I slosh it round in the glass again and it splashes on the keyboard...hang on (uses finger to clean keyboard...this is a review after all)....a sip.
I hold the wine in my mouth and slosh it around ...I can actually taste the wood!!
(I wish I hadn't seen that bit about 'wood' when I wrote it - I feel as though I'm cheating!)
I swallow slowly. A very dry sensation and a raspberry(ish) taste at the back of the throat. Definitely woody! However, I've never actually tasted oak on it's own before!
I'm quaffing in a leisurely manner....I wonder if I should have used a spitoon? Nah, wine's for drinking.
(It's tasting a bit better now, actually...quite smooth in fact!)
2nd half glass (It's quite scientific this wine tasting lark.)
Right...it's still got legs and it smells like a very alcoholic raspberry jelly!
5th swig...slosh it round...through the teeth...back and forth...tongue's gone numb!
Swallow, woooh...ooooh, cheeks are numb on the inside! Very woody taste and wow!...involuntary shaking of the head and actual shivers up my spine!
(This is like a religious experience!)
I'm enjoying writing this review and this wine is lovely...very warming and fruity...definitely strawberry now and not too many woodland flavours.
Next half glass...getting very warm and more fruity by the swig.
(I'm really enjoying these wine reviews ...I must do more...I just hope it helps people, as most of my friends just buy a cheap plonk and drink it. I at least attempt to cook with it as well....oh...just remembered a recipe... try this :-
Riojan Mince & Rice
A small amount of Olive Oil - doesn't have to be Extra Virgin & you could use Crisp 'n Dry instead
1/2 lb (250g ) Lean Minced Beef or Lean Steak Mince
2 small onions finely chopped
(rather than 1 large one as the small ones have more flavour)
2 crushed Cloves of Garlic (if you wish)
2 tomatoes - de-seeded
1 tbs of tomato ketchup
1 large wine glass of Rioja
Seasoning - Salt & Pepper
1/2 lb (250g ) Long Grain Rice
1 Beef Stock Cube
Put a little oil in a frying pan and gently fry the finely chopped onion & garlic, add the finely chopped de-seeded tomato and then the mince with the tomato sauce added.
Turn the mixture over and over laboriously for about 3 mins with a spatula until the mince is browned.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper then tip it all into a warmed casserole dish. Pile it up round the sides of the dish with a spoon and place the uncooked rice in the middle.
(Check the instructions on the packet of long-grained rice as some varieties have to be washed thoroughly in cold water before cooking)
Dissolve the beef stock cube in 2 cupfuls of boiling water and add this to the casserole dish.
Add the large wine glass of Rioja.
Cover the dish with a lid or tinfoil & place it in a pre-heated oven
(180°C - 350°F - Gas Mark 4) for 20 minutes or so.
(I've even done this on Gas Mark 2 for an hour or so...it really depends on how much of a rush you're in...longer, slower cooking is best as far as I'm concerned...it brings out more of the flavours!)
Allow the dish to stand for 5 minutes with the lid off to allow the steam to evaporate if the rice hasn't absorbed all the liquid.
A nice touch is a swirl of Cream (or Elmlea if you're on a low-fat diet!) and a sprig of parsley or some freshly-cut Coriander (if you like it!)
Serves 4 (or 2 if your greedy!) & brilliant with Healthy Chips as an accompaniment!
To sum up:
The bottle is made of green glass. It has a label on it telling me that it is a Rioja... I know Rioja is a brand of wine that comes from Rioja. Campo Viejo is probably the vineyard it comes from. I know that a Crianza is two years old, with at least six months spent in an oak cask. Reservas are three years old with at least one year spent in an oak cask and Gran Reservas are five years old with two years spent in an oak cask and three in the bottle!
I've had Tignanelli before, (now there is a wine...200 quid a bottle in an Italian restaurant...£37 in Harvey Nicks...wish I'd bought two) and that is just the Tempranillo grape, I think. (I must check that!) In other words a bit like a Bell's whisky is made from lots of other whiskies so this wine is blended from Tempranillo, Garnacha & Manuelo Grapes which were probably harvested in 2002.
So, 12 months in an oak barrel....that's 2003...then 6 months in the bottle that's 2003 or 2004 depending on when the bottle was filled up or the grapes were harvested. It's 2006 now, so I reckon this wine is about, probably, oooh, 18 months or 12 months old, unless the grapes were left to get a bit of frost on before they were harvested, I think that makes them juicier or something, which I think seems not all that old really for a 2002 wine. So it's quite a young and fruity little wine with woodland undertones up to now.It is supposed to be a wine of medium structure...I'd say medium sharpish at first then mellowing out into a mellow taste.
Velvety...yup...I'll go with that...it's a bit velvety.
Elegant with fruity aromas and hints of wood...definitely!
It is an ideal accompaniment with red and white meat...yup, I'd agree with that, though I've no food handy. Roasts...I'm starving now...hmmmm...yes and cheeses...definitely a well-matured Brie or even a little Stilton! or even...Cheese & Onion Crisps, Quavers...anything cheesy in fact. It should be served at 17- 18°C...well, wouldn't you know it...I don't have a thermometer handy. (I Must buy one for my next review then I'll be able to do a proper job of it!)
This wine is very quaffable and it's getting late and I'm going to bed. Try this wine it is really, really nice. Great for drinking on your own or sharing with friends.
Thank you for reading...if you got this far... and I hope you found this review helpful. Search this wine out where e'er thee go for it is extremely quaffable and it is called Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza 2002...don't forget buy two...one for drinking and one for the wine rack.
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© John Groom 2006
A mid-weight Rioja which bridges the gap between fruity and oaky styles of Rioja. Campo Viejo are the market leading Rioja producers. Tasting Notes : Light to medium-bodied, ripe, meaty, jammy, raspberry fruit with rounded, warm, spicy flavours and vanilla hints.