Category: "2000"

2000 Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva

February 2nd, 2009

From the wine merchants I frequent, I believe it to be a rarity to find any Rioja left from 2000. Since I am new to Rioja, and new to wine in general, it was with great curiosity that I approached this bottle. If you happen to come across a bottle of the 2000 Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva, which should be for less than $20, curiosity should be your biggest motivating factor. The wine was good, but not great. It was bigger than some other Riojas I have tried in the past. This actually encouraged me, but not enough to rush out and buy the remaining inventory (maybe if it goes on sale). Most Riojas I have had come in between $20-30 and I think there is better value than this. It was nice to see the Gran Reserva has the complexity to withstand time. It makes me feel better about some 2001 Rioja I have on the rack.