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Campo Viejo. Reserva, 2008, Rioja, Spain, Art Series

Campo Viejo has rich history of wine making in Spain’s Rioja Alto region. The winery traces it roots back to the Roman Empire. But, their real story began in 1959 in the family winery of one of its founders. In 1961 they built their own winery and created their own bottle, the “Rioja Bottle,” to use for it to make it more distinctive.
To make the wine more accessible to consumers they began to distribute their wine to stores and restaurants. As the brand grew so did their investment in land in order to expand their production. Campo Viejo’s hard work paid off. In 1987 their 1978 Gran Reserva won a gold medal at Vinexpo. In 2000 Campo Viejo broke ground on a new winery to incorporate green technology, getting ready for the future, it was finished in 2003 and recognized as environmentally friendly. By 2012 the winery received recognition as having neutral carbon footprint.
Their Reserve 2008 is the debut of their limited edition “Artist Series.” Native Spaniard Okuda collaborated with French native Remed for the special label. They came up with a vibrant cubist view of an urban Spanish scene filled with hope and a good life enjoying wine. The distinctive orange label pronounces Campo Viejo and its province of Rioja lets you know of the quality in the bottle. The artwork underneath lets you know of the special care that has gone into the wine.
In the glass it is bright garnet red. The nose is filled with red fruit, some banana, earth and minerals. The palate is filled with tart red cherry and blackberry. Rustic earth lets you know this is a world-class old world wine. Crisp acidity and smooth tannins make this very food friendly. Roast pork loin and even roasted leg of lamb would be the perfect match.