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Crianza wine have undergone a minimum ageing process of 24 months, of which at least 6 months have to be in oak barrels, or 12 months for Rioja and Ribera de Duero, with the remainder of the ageing process taking place in bottles. A Crianza wine has been tamed and aged, but still retains a touch of freshness, nerve and power. With a Crianza wine the flavours are earthy and remain closer to the grape than the barrel, although its presence can ever so subtly be sensed. Crianza wines are the perfect balance of fruit and oak wood.

We often hear about wine aging or aged wine, but what exactly is wine aging? And what is an aged wine?

When we talk about wine aging, we are talking about the aging process and how wine develops over time. Wine can be aged in barrels, vats made of different materials or in the bottle. Wine is expected to improve, refine and settle during this process, as well as develop unique and dominant aromas. Aging wines can also make them longer-living.

It is important to remember that a wine’s aging potential and aptitude depend on many factors, from cultivation in the vineyard, the climate of a particular year, the vineyard’s soil, production, winemaking methods… all of these factors influence and determine a wine’s aging ability. Aging and good development will only work with a certain level of quality both in the vineyard and in the winery.

As well as that, the crianza wine denomination in Spain classifies wines according to how long they have been aged. This label is only given to reds that have aged for a total of 24 months before being sold, at least 6 of which must have been in barrels with a maximum size of 330 litres. Whites and rosés must have aged for 18 months with a minimum of 6 months in the barrel. However, there is an exception. With DOCa Rioja red wines, the criteria for being classed as a crianza red wine are slightly different. Here, the wine must spend at least 12 months in the barrel and 12 in the bottle before being sold, the minimum time spent in the barrel is longer than in the rest of Spain.

Because of the production methods used, aged wines show some characteristics of young wine, but they also begin to display certain attributes that can only be achieved through aging. Some aromas gained from aging might be: nuts, honey, dried flowers, chamomile, dried apricots, undergrowth, truffle, mushrooms, heather, cocoa, tobacco, liquorice, vanilla, oak, toast...

Now you know a bit more about crianza wines. Why not take a look at our selection!

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A Ribera de Duero wine with great nuances and balance
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92

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91

Suckling

30.40
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28.87
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Carmelo Rodero Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Sensual meatiness
Carmelo Rodero Crianza 2021
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92

Suckling

27.25
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25.88
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La Montesa 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A $15 wine that tastes like $50, according to James Suckling
La Montesa 2020
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94

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93

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93

Parker

94

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19.75
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Matarromera Crianza 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

According to Wine Spectator, one of the best wines in the world
Matarromera Crianza 2020
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91

Peñín

91

Suckling

28.20
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26.78
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Clos Martinet 2020

Spain D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)

Elegant and subtle but with all the character of Priorat
Clos Martinet 2020
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97

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97

Parker

75.20
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67.67
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Clos Martinet 2021

Spain D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)

Elegant and subtle but with all the character of Priorat
Clos Martinet 2021
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97

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98

Parker

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70.65
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Clos Martinet 2023

Spain D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)

Elegant and subtle but with all the character of Priorat
Clos Martinet 2023
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53.50
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Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2019

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A Rioja classic that never gets old
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90

Decántalo

92

Suckling

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11.75
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Marqués de Cáceres Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A Rioja classic that never gets old
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89

Atkin

11.75
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10.57
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Aalto PS 3 Liters (Jeroboam) 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
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531.85
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Campo Viejo Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A great value Rioja
Campo Viejo Crianza 2020
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9.80
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9.30
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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza Magnum 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A Ribera de Duero wine with great nuances and balance
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91

Suckling

65.15
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58.63
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Lan Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A classic from La Rioja
Lan Crianza 2020
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88

Wine spectator

90

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90

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11.50
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10.92
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Lan Crianza Magnum 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A classic from La Rioja
Lan Crianza Magnum 2020
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88

Wine spectator

90

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22.15
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21.03
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Viña Cubillo 2016

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

The youngest of the Tondonia family, pure Rioja
Viña Cubillo 2016
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94

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94

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19.05
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17.14
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Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2020

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

A classic Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2020
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90+

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15.85
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14.26
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Aalto PS Magnum 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
Aalto PS Magnum 2021
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214.85
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Aalto PS 3 Liters (Jeroboam) 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
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94

Atkin

96

Suckling

521.30
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470.15
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Ares Crianza 2012

Spain D.O.Ca. Rioja (La Rioja)

Ares Crianza 2012
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90

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12.15
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10.93
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Aalto PS 5 Liters 2019

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
Aalto PS 5 Liters 2019
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94

Peñín

94

Atkin

877.25
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791.20
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Aalto PS 5 Liters 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
Aalto PS 5 Liters 2021
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954.85
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Alto Moncayo Veraton Magnum 2020

Spain D.O. Campo de Borja (Aragón)

Flavoursome, sweet and very elegant
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92

Decántalo

57.95
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52.15
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