Morum Crianza Rioja 2014

Although I have a rack full of Rioja it’s been a while since I reviewed one, so here goes with a bottle I was kindly given about a week ago. It’s a bottle from the online retailer  ‘Naked wines’, briefly it’s a wine club in which it’s members called Angels invest £20 a month in something called their ‘Naked Piggy bank’ this money as well as being used to purchase wine is also used to invest in independent winemakers, there are no membership fees and the money in the piggy bank can be returned if the member decides not to buy.

The wine in question is the Morum Crianza 2014 which being a Crianza had to spend at least 1 year in oak barrels.

When poured my initial thoughts were it looked a little thin, it was light in colour and had fairly muted aromas, even after hovering my nose over the glass for a while it was hard to distinguish any real Rioja like smells. On first sip it was a little sharp, sour tasting but extremely fruity, so I decided to leave it in the glass for a while to see if a little air tamed it a bit.

Going back to it after around an hour, it was better, still full of mouth-watering fruit , mainly strawberries and cherries but still retained that sharpness which to be fair had mellowed a bit. This wine was very fruit forward and didn’t really show much in the way of oaky vanilla, the acidity just took over, think the word I’m looking for is punchy.

I drank half the bottle and left the rest to try on day 2 and I must say there was an improvement, the acidity was much more approachable  and I enjoyed the wine a lot more, I could now taste the sweet vanilla. I would also say this wine is better drunk with food and I enjoyed the second half of the bottle on day 2 much more than on initial opening.

Overall, not the best Crianza I’ve tasted but not the worst, if you are going to drink the whole bottle it needs decanting for a couple of hours and then in my opinion much more drinkable, better still decant after opening pour back in the bottle and drink the next day.

My Rating 6/10 Corks

Naked Wines around £9

 

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Era Costana Crianza Rioja 2011

Era costana(450 x 600)Mmmm, Rioja, my first love, you’ll always find an array to choose from on any supermarket shelf unfortunately a lot of them are fairly run of the mill or not particularly good, I’ve had some shockers which usually end up down the sink not even making it to the casserole or bolognaise. Get a good one though and you can be transported to sunnier climates, with dusty plains, soft Flamenco music playing in the background and a table full of tasty Tapas.

This Era Costana Crianza 2011 still has the Flamenco music in the background but with the sun obscured by a few clouds. Picked this up in Sainsbury’s a little while ago, it’s currently £8.50 but I bought it on offer for around £6 and at this price it’s a pretty decent everyday Rioja.

Bright cherry red in the glass with a slight rusty tinge. Heady aromas of Juicy dark plums, strawberries and blackberries with some bonfire ash flying around the glass.

First sip, there was some fresh bracing acidity and ripe juicy plums and strawberries. This has had one year in oak and the toastiness was there but not overpowering and it was a little tannic. Candle wax, church incense and dust all there too but was very much on the rich side. My wife on first taste thought it was a bit strong and at 14% she may have a point.

This needs to be aired for quite a while and it will soften, drink it with food to get the best out of it. I kept a little back for the following day and it was an altogether nicer wine softer and less sour and overall I liked it, nothing spectacular but I didn’t expect it to be.

7corksMy Rating 7/10 Corks

Sainsbury’s £8.50