The last bottle of 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza went down the gullet with our supper last night.  And what a treat.  But I will not shed a tear as I am eager to get onto the next vintage of one of the best, and most affordable, Rioja Crianzas on the market.  While Peciña is a newish producer by Rioja standards, it is producing some of the best classically styled wines despite the fact.  A classic blend of Rioja grapes and used American oak have yielded a classic range of Rioja wines that can stand along side the likes of Lopéz de Heredia and La Rioja Alta.  And perhaps even surpassing, in some regards, such classic bodegas as CVNE, Riojanas, etc.  And yet Peciña still seems to fly a bit under the radar.  Though this bodega may not have as long a track record as most of the traditional bodegas in La Rioja, it has quickly assumed a place as one of the finest.

Señorío de P. Peciña 2003 Crianza

Somewhat more evolved and harmonious and classic that previous tastings.  It’s hard to believe that 2003 could have turned out this well, but then this speaks to the high quality and standards of Peciña.  The nose is classic Rioja with dill and a hint of menthol and salted cherries all in a balanced yet spicy package.  One of the best Rioja Crianza’s available today and one of the most attractively priced.  A go to under the radar bodega.    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED