Bodegas Akutain Rioja Crianza 2016
Founded in 1975 by Juan Penagaricano, Bodegas Akutain focuses on small-batch wines made in a traditional style that highlights the high-elevation growing sites of Rioja Alta. Fruit for Akutain’s Crianza ferments in fiberglass with native yeasts, followed by 33 months of aging in used American oak and bottle. The wine’s juicy and dark-fruited palate is noted with sweet baking spice undertones. A solid Rioja for an incredible price!
One of the 'big three' European wine giants along with France and Italy, but perhaps the one with the most untapped potential, with many ascendant regions and producers just now finding an audience.