Friday, December 21, 2012

2010 Bodegas Olarra RIOJA CRIANZA "Cerro Anon" (Spain)

This is probably the cheap wine value of 2012.  I like it even better than its more expensive, older sibling, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago.  This is akin to a balanced, soft, deep, very drinkable non-oaky Cabernet from California (or a newer style Bordeaux).

Deep, intensely red ruby color.  Deep and pure on the nose, with very ripe, rich cherry/berry fruit, augmented with very subtle smoky gravelly quality.  Ripe, pure, soft and intense on the attack, with excellent balance, and good cling.  This would pair well with lots of foods, and is also really nice on its own.  A-.  This was ... wait for it ... $9.99 from  If and when they list it again, get some.    Imported by Classic Wines, Stamford, CT.


Anonymous said...

Earlier this month it popped up again on wtso and I ordered half a case on your word. You were right. It is a steal. Been following your reviews since you were in Houston. Keep up the good work.


teresa said...

Were you comparing this wine to Cerro Anon to the 2009? I loved, loved the '09, and can't find it any more---do you think this will be a close sub??? thanks so much

Anonymous said...

it's on WTSO right now...just got some