Castillo de Albai Crianza is made exclusively from the Tempranillo grape variety. The grapes are carefully handpicked from small production vineyards from vines over 80 years-old. The result is a superb wine with ripe, red fruit aromas and hints of spices.
Spain’s most internationally famous wine region is renowned for creating top quality wines with exceptional ageing ability. It lies in northern Spain, by the side of the River Ebro from which the region’s name derived. Elegance and poise is the hallmark of the wines shaped in this ancient region. The variety of its soils, together with the combination of modern and traditional growing practices allow winemakers to produce a wide range of wines that exhibit different personalities, always within the framework that their long-established Qualified Denominación de Origen demands from them.
Vibrant ruby-red in colour in the nose it shows aromas of spices and ripe fruit with notes of fine wood. In the palate it is powerful, yet elegant and balanced. Long and intense finish that combines flavours of ripe fruit and wood.
A perfect partner for all kinds of meat, cured cheeses and roasts.
The grapes are carefully selected and handpicked before they are put through a 10-day maceration process. The fermentation process is undertaken at a controlled temperature (25-28 ºC) for 8 to 12 days. Finally the wine is aged for 12 months in new American oak barrels, before resting quietly in bottles to ensure complete maturity.
About this wine
“Fresh red fruit, savoury notes with cinnamon and clove and a good acidity balance on the finish”. International Wine Challenge
“Easy berry and plum aromas come across clean and pure. This has a staunch mouthfeel with rubbery, pinching tannins. Earthy, ripe berry and plum flavors turn even riper on the back palate and finish, which lingers in a solid state.” Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2019 Mundus Vini: “Best of show Rioja” Castillo de Albai Crianza 2016
2019 Asia Wine Trophy: Castillo de Albai Crianza 2015
2019 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge: Castillo de Albai Crianza 2015
2018 AWC Vienna: Castillo de Albai Crianza 2015