Ares Crianza Rioja 2008

Recommendation: Quality wine at a bargain price

Winery/Producer: Diosares; Laguardia, Spain

Grape Variety: Tempranillo

Geographic Origin: Rioja, Spain

Vintage: 2008

Price: $13.50

Purchased From: Total Wine; Northridge, California

Paired With: Pasta with tomato sauce (onions, peppers and garlic); chocolate.


    He said: Dark ruby red color. Very light dark berry bouquet. Dense berry taste with a long, medium dry earthy finish. A smooth Crianza that is very easy drinking. Strong enough to pair very well with the tomato sauce pasta. This is a VERY nice 100% Tempranillo Rioja, elegant with excellent balance. It’s a quality wine at a bargain price.

    She said: Dark garnet red color. Little or no aroma and similar flavor. Dry but not astringent. Medium body and long finish. The beauty of this wine is not the flavor but rather the seemless pleasant experience of drinking a dry wine. The flavor was not improved by chocolate.