One of the Finest Values from Europe
Today’s 2013 Bodegas Obalo Rioja Crianza is fruity and powerful enough for the New World drinker, but with plenty of complex flavors and elegant structure for the Old World fanatic. This Crianza strikes that perfect balance as a classic Rioja from a bottling that Vinous calls “Fleshy” and “expansive,” with “impressive depth” while boasting a “juicy, broad” finish. With 92 points at $19.99 per bottle — this is a must-buy. 50 cases are up for grabs of this classic Rioja Crianza, and grabbed they will be.
Lovers of European wine know the Tempranillo-based wines of Rioja are where the best values can be found — especially with Bordeaux’s prices climbing steadily, and many of the more affordable Rhône wines a little on the welterweight side.
Basking in ample sunshine in central Spain, Rioja continues to produce full-bodied, opulent reds kissed by Old World complexity, often for pennies on the dollar in comparison to other regions. The perfect example is today’s 2013 Bodegas Obalo Rioja Crianza.
Bodegas Obalo, located right at the border of La Rioja Alta between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range from slopes soaring up to 2,300 feet, also sources fruit from Rioja Alavesa — the finest growing areas in the entire appellation. The 2013 Crianza is 100% Tempranillo that’s entirely aged 12 months in French oak barrels.