We’re giving you the keys to the oldest cellar in Rioja – in the form of a 16+ year-old, seriously impressive Tempranillo Crianza.
Bodegas Berceo opened its doors in Haro – Rioja’s wine capital – back in 1801. That not only makes it the oldest winery in the region, but one of the oldest in all of Spain. And as the passionate Manzanos brothers breathe new life and energy into these ancient walls, you get a front-row seat … starting with this delicious red discovery, named in honor of their late father (see back label for the full story).
Last year, our expert Beth Willard visited fifth-generation brothers Victor and David, just after they’d acquired Bodegas Berceo. As they explored the cellar together, Beth noticed a stack of dusty bottles in a dark corner.
“It’s a 2001 Crianza that the previous owners must have forgotten about,” explained Victor. “It’s Tempranillo, and that’s pretty much all we know.” They carefully popped open one of the bottles and were greeted by gorgeous aromas and flavors of dried summer strawberries, toasty vanilla bean, and clove mingling over pure velvet tannins with a subtly savory finish. In short, a perfect showcase of the storied 2001 vintage (one of the greatest Riojan harvests since modern records began in 1925).
“We think they left it because it was going to be a lot of work to get all of the bottles out of that tiny cellar door,” David added. Undeterred and absolutely bowled over by the quality, Beth asked if she could have the whole lot, and a deal was struck on the spot.
No word on whether Beth lent a hand when it came time to move the bottles, but you’ve got the easy part – just Add to Cart and enjoy. We suggest you pair it with a sizzling steak, simply seasoned with salt flakes, or try chorizo-stuffed peppers. But with limited bottles available, we also suggest you hurry.