OT: Azpilicueta Crianza 2011

 DSCN7203A traditional Rioja, with an excellent price-quality ratio, that never disappoints.

  • Winery: Bodegas Azpilicueta Camino de Lapuebla, 50 Logroño (La Rioja) Group Pernord Ricard Bodegas
  • Phone: +34 941 279900
  • Winemaker: Elena Adell
  • Website: www.azpilicueta.com  
  • Brand: Azpilicueta Crianza 2011
  • DO: Denominacion de Origen Cualificada Rioja Subzone: Rioja Alta
  • Type: Red Crianza Wine 13.5 % aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels and 7 to 12 months in the bottle
  • Grapes Variety: 85% Tempranillo 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo 
  • Vineyards: A wine coming from 192 has. vineyards located in Fuenmayor and consisting of old vines over 25 years-old
  • Soil: Clay-limestone, clay-ferrous and alluvial soils
  • Bottle Size: 75.0cl.
  • Price: It was a gift, available at € 7.30 at Bodega Santa Cecilia
  • My wine rating: 9.0/10
  • The brand Azpilicueta was created in 1881 when a winery was founded in Fuenmayor by Manuel Azpilicueta.  In the early 1960s, Azpilicueta was joined by two other Rioja wineries owned respectively by Cruz García and Melquíades Entrena and AGE (Azpilicueta, García, Entrena) was created. AGE was one of the first Rioja wineries, along with Campo Viejo, to attack the mass market by selling to the incipient supermarket trade and its brand Siglo, with its characteristic burlap wrapping around the bottle, was one of the category leaders for many years. The winery underwent a series of changes of ownership after Entrena left the company to manage Bodegas Berberana.  The Canadian whiskey distiller Schenley and the Spanish bank Banesto were major shareholders for a while until the mid 1990s when it was bought by the Bodegas & Bebidas group, held as an investment by the Bank of Bilbao (later the BBVA). The BBVA decided to sell of most of its food and wine business investments and AGE, Campo Viejo and other wineries were bought by Allied Domecq, which, in spite of its French roots and centuries-old wine heritage in Jerez, was a British drinks conglomerate whose capital was mostly from a brewery. Azpilicueta is no longer made at AGE, but at Campo Viejo in Logroño. As of 26 July 2005, Azpilicueta belongs to Pernord Ricard. (Source: Inside Rioja)

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