Senorio de Sarria Crianza

By | April 30, 2007

I was delighted to spot a bottle of wine from Puente La Reina, a wonderful little medieval town on the Camino de Santiago in Navarra. I had a slight translation error there where I found myself cycling into a running of the bulls rather than a supermarket, which was unexpected.

Senorio de Sarria’s wines are fantastic examples of just how good Navarra can be. Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo vines are at least 25 years old, and blended beautifully.

I had a basic 1999 Crianza, a wine that had had a lot of bottle age. It was a rich garnet colour with just a touch of brick on the edge. It smelled of warm vanilla and chocolate with rich red fruits. It had a touch of balsamic, which wasn’t unpleasant.

It was dry with fine, smooth, velvety tannins. It felt rich and full in the mouth, and the red fruits held on well, but were starting to tire a little, replaced by balsamic and coffee and leather and cedar. A fair trade.

This 1999 was probably a little past its best, but only just. If you see one from this millennium, snap it up, and enjoy drinking a wine that pilgrims through the centuries have enjoyed before you.