Pagos de Araiz is one of the largest and most technologically advanced wineries in Spain. It is located in the north central part of Spain, in a district known as the Navarra. The typical grapes of the area are Tempranillo and Garnacha, which are part of the blend in our selection.
There are basically three categories of wine nomenclature in Spain: Tinto, Crianza and Reserva. Each area has its rules, but basically it is a good guide to understanding what you're getting.
Tinto wines are generally younger and simpler as well as less expensive. They're for current consumption. Crianza wines are usually the backbone of the winery. It's what generally separates them from their competition, because it is usually the wine that they show as their standard to base their reputation on. Reservas are Crianzas that have been selected, usually barrel by barrel, for extended aging in barrel and bottle, and are meant to be aged further upon release.
Our Crianza is a worthy example of the designation. The grapes are brought to the winery and then hand sorted to discard any under-ripe ones. They are then placed in a chilled tank and very slowly allowed to ferment, extracting color and character from the skins and pulp. Maximum flavors develop here.
The result is a wine of richness and depth seldom found at this level. The lively fruit and tannins explode in your mouth and leave a lasting impression.