Bodegas Garcia de Olano, Rioja Tinto Crianza, La Rioja, Spain 2018
FIRM PLUM, TOASTY VANILLA, LUSH & STRUCTURED
The estate, itself, dates back just over three decades, but not only does the Garcia de Olano family have generations of experience but the vineyards and cellar share a legacy that can be traced back through the centuries. Releasing resplendent Rioja of all shapes and sizes – from robust reds aged for years prior to release to bright, zesty whites, roses, and joven-style offerings – the winery is unsurprisingly apt in crafting flagship fare like this crianza, swimming with toasty vanilla bravado and assertive dark fruit – beautifully balanced maturity and expressive energy.
Serving Suggestions: Hickory-smoked bacon & bison burger w/ blue cheese, fresh tomato, & butter Bibb lettuce. Roasted eggplant & white bean flatbread w/ Fresno chiles & sheeps milk cheese (like Etxegarai).