Condesa de Leganza Crianza (Spain 2004)


I’ll confess I’ve been holding this bottle in my cabinet for a couple months, having picked it up during a serious wine sale at my local HEB. At the time, the bottle was $8, but the price has since risen to $14. I had no idea it is normally celebratory the day I dropped it into my shopping cart, but there you go.

In any case, I bought it for the price and the lovely label – I am a sucker for a pretty wine label. I’d also never enjoyed an estate-bottled Tempranillo, whatever that was. Turns out Tempranillo is a classic Spanish grape used primarily in Rioja and Port. Learn something new every day.

So, tonight I opened the bottle to enjoy with a deep-dish pizza from our favorite local joint. And I was not disappointed, far from it.

In the glass, the Crianza is a dark, garnet color, hinting to the color of port, and its fragrance is redolent of blackberries, oak, tobacco, and spices. The first taste is quite a revelation, with the strongest flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and plum balanced with something like nutmeg and cardamom. It finishes on an oaky note with a hint of leather. Quite delicious, and surprisingly complex.

If I had tasted this ahead of time, I might have suggested it as a nice accompaniment with lamb or venison instead of pizza, or perhaps a plate of figs and blue cheese. It should be pretty versatile, so long as you match it with some strong flavors. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to Condesa de Leganza Crianza (Spain 2004)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Knighton,
    Thanks for your review. I was looking for some input to help me decide whether to buy or not to buy this particular wine, and you have convinced me.
    You obviously have good taste in wine and other things, as can be read in your profile.
    As a small way of paying you back, I give you one small correction, which I often give to my grown children: use the possessive "its" instead of the contraction "it's", as in "…and its fragance is redolent of blackberries…"
    Salud,
    Fernando

  2. knighton says:

    Hello Fernando & Welcome!

    Thank you for your kind comments, and I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I did. I hope you come back to visit my little wine blog often, as I'd love to hear what you think of the Crianza and appreciate other perspectives. Also, thanks for catching "it's." Correction made. ;-)

    Happy New Year,
    Jennifer

  3. Joey Clamz says:

    Found some on sale at HEB. Best surprise I've had in months. Enjoyed it with fresh mozzarella, baguette, and a few green olives stuffed with feta and sun dried tomato. Viva La Mancha!

  4. knighton says:

    Isn't it great?!?! A real treat, and on sale again here in ATX. I've enjoyed it with antipasti too, but with dry salami, provolone picante, and marinated mushrooms. Excellent.

  5. Kelly says:

    I love this wine and have certainly noticed the price increase as well- at HEB and Specs! boo!

  6. knighton says:

    Hi Kelly! Boo indeed. HEB has been having regular sales, if you can catch one, for $9-ish. Keep a look-out and grab a few bottles when you can. :-D

  7. Website is still underconstruction. Hi Jennifer The base is having sale on wines. Although it is Lent, I went to taste the wine. I picked up a nice bottle of Amarone. Bold taste with lots of flavor. Do you want a bottle when I come home?
    Firediamond.

  8. Knighton says:

    Hi Aunt Tillie! Sorry I missed your note. Yes, I would LOVE a bottle of the Amarone when you come back to the states! xoxo

  9. Hi all. This topic take a special place to my heart , how I have been high . The scriptural side all equally similarly. Congratulations about your website and very good continuation. Forgiveness for my use of English, i’m french… . Eléonore.

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