Bodegas Riojanas 'Monte Real' Rioja Crianza
Bodegas Riojanas is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in the Rioja region, predating the area's official 1920s designation by several decades. Their medium-bodied Tempranillo Crianza shows bold flavors of black cherry, blackberry, dried plum, and vanilla, with a certain dustiness that's typical of old-school Rioja. It spent 18 months aging in American oak, then 6 months in the bottle, adding layers of complexity that lead into leathery tannins and a long finish. It is a classic pairing for lamb!