Calo Rioja is a modern and expressive Tempranillo created by third generation winemaker Javier Murua sourced from 30year old, low-yielding vineyards. The Rioja Tempranillo 2011 is the fourth release of this label and represents a modern and fruit driven interpretation of Rioja – Spain’s most famous wine. It is the classic old world meets new, all the way down to the screwcap finish and bright packaging.
We'll start with the gratuitous 'best ever' spiel and introduce evidence from Huon Hooke. Hooke rates this 94 Points and calls it a "deepish red/purple colour. Dried walnut and old leather aromas. Savoury, mellow, strongly oak influenced. The palate is lean and drying, savoury, and built on tannin. Serious structure and length. A typical Rioja style red. Powerful, long and balanced. A keeper, too. Great value. Rating: 94 Points; Huon Hooke; Sydney Morning Herald
Then Campbell Mattinson of The Wine Front who says "each release so far has rated above 90 points. Pretty strong track record for a sub $20 wine. This is a young Spanish-grown tempranillo to get a bit excited over. It’s fresh, spicy, the fruit lingers beautifully on your tongue well after you swallow, and for all its savouriness it has a good core of smooth-skinned fruit flavour. It’s equally as good if not better than any previous Calo release. Hands down, great buying. Drink : 2013 - 2016; Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front