This is a soft, juicy, Rioja with berry and vanilla flavors wrapped gently in leather and a touch of tobacco. The finish falls off quickly, but this is a very reasonably priced Rioja Reserva, and at $12 a bottle why not keep some around for pizza or pasta?

WHO: Campo Viejo
WHAT: Tempranillo blend
WHERE: La Rioja, Spain
WHEN: 2005
HOW MUCH: $12 (Trade Sample)

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