15 September, 2010
Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2006 CosechaPosted in : Garnacha / Grenache, Red Wine, Tempranillo on by : The Gourmez
Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2006 Cosecha
Everything I like about Spanish wine is in this glass—spicy, leathery, fruit that is ripe to bursting, cayenne, maybe even a mild curry. The first notes, though, were of chocolate and raspberry. The chocolate’s mostly from the nose, but it helps mellow the wine, almost giving it a slight film like milk chocolate occasionally has.
The flavors in this Crianza Cosecha, which is a blend of tempranillo and grenache, are a little too bright but definitely intriguing and fun to drink.
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts
The Beachside Resident on the 2003 vintage
This fabulous wine. . . has been a reliable standby of ours for years . . . it’s incredibly versatile (don’t let anyone tell you that reds can’t be enjoyed with fish or poultry), and in our minds, stands up—and even surpasses—many of its more expensive peers. . . Even the most untrained of noses will detect a bouquet of black cherries and blackberries with soft hints of aromatic Mediterranean herbs—bay leaves, rosemary, marjoram and lavender. The Crianza is fresh and explosively fruity in the mouth where rich fruits (cherries, strawberries, raspberries) and notes of cinnamon mingle to give a pleasant fullness with a solid backbone of silky-smooth tannins. It has a long-lasting presence in the mouth and impressively oily finish.
In Vino Veritas on the 2003 vintage
We’ve had a fair number of Spanish reds now, and this one rates in the middle. It has a nice raspberry flavor and a decent, lasting, dry finish, but it lacks some complexity. Rating: 6.25/10
Food and Wine Blog on the 2005 vintage
The Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2005 pours a nice red color, not that deep blood red but just a shade lighter. The nose has a nice ripe red fruit component, like a more juicy store-bought raspberry, not a more tart foraged-wild raspberry. There’s a hint of something else in here as well that gives it almost a woody component that balances the fruit component. Vanilla might be it. In fact, the longer I sit here and let the wine breathe and the more I swirl, the more this vanilla component really comes out. It’s nice, the nose builds a ripe juicy raspberry and the tartness is tempered by the vanilla. The wine has a nice, full-bodied mouthfeel, and shows some sweet and juicy flavors up front with some tannins at the finish. It’s a bit tight at first, but give it 30 minutes and this really mellowed out a bit. This is a nice wine, it’s not as bold as I wanted, but it’s great in its simple elegance, and I thought this was a great price point, at $15 for the 750ml bottle. I drank this wine very slowly, and after a solid hour, possibly longer, the wine lost some of that fruit up front but takes on a more perfume aroma with a much softer flavor. A solid wine, which changes nicely once opened.