Carlos Serres Crianza Rioja 2012

The Data

Country   Spain

Appellation   Rioja

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $12

ABV   13%

Score   4 Stars/91 points

In the Glass


Brilliant, ruby red color.


The nose is alluring with ripe black fruits and soft earth and spice notes seamlessly woven with hints of anise, allspice, and oak.


The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a fruit-driven core that explodes with sweet ripe berries supported by tart cherries and brown baking spices.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with an ideal acid balance and perfect proportions of fruit, spice, and oak.

Cool Factor


We love charming reds from Rioja and this wine checks all of the boxes offering fruit, spice, nuance, and value.

Value Grade


It's abundantly clear that Carlos Serres offers some of Rioja's best wines for the dollar making it a no-brainer choice for all wine lovers.


This complex and pleasing wine is made with a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha (Grenache). The vineyards are on average 10-20 years old. It is aged for 14 months (12 months required for Crianza in Rioja) in a combination of French and American oak. The resulting wine is a bright and bold example of what Rioja wines are all about marrying bright fruit with maturity gaining in the cask and in the bottle. 91 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

This wine is extremely versatile at the table pairing well with red meat and fowl, as well as stewed or grilled vegetables.

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