This article is not only written for understanding wine label of Spanish wine, like crianza and gran reserva, but also for those self-proclaimed wine experts who think they’ve got the Spanish nomenclature of aging down flat.
Crianza: Wines aged for 2 years with a minimum of 12 months in oak and 12 months in the bottle before being sold. As for the infrequent white or rosado wine that are termed Crianza, these wines are required to spend at least 6 months in oak and 6 in bottle.
Reserva: Wines are aged for 3 calendar years with a minimum of 12 months in oak and 24 months in the bottle. White and rosado wines must spend at the minimum of 6 months in oak and and a one and half years in bottle.
Gran Reserva: These wines are aged for 5 years with a minimum of 18 months in oak and 36 months in the bottle; however many gran reservas will spend several more years aging before being released. White and rosados must spend at least 4 years in the bodega, of which 6 months must be in oak.
On the whole, Spanish wines combine well with a variety of dishes, especially meat and cheese, to enhance their taste and more appetizing. The Warehouse hope this article could find you well and more exciting appreciating Spanish wine.
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