The Akutain Crianza 2012 is a Premium Crianza wine that links the complexity and strength of highly expressive wines with the elegance and velvety softness of the great iconic wines of the subregion Rioja Alta. True to the style of Bodega Akutain (using grapes coming from the same family owned vineyards year after year, following the "chateaux" style, enables to appreciate links between the different vintages and different wines), this wine maintains its classic features of long aging in less aggressive wood (not so new barrics), but it somewhat shows a bit more its "fruity" touch than his Akutain older brothers, the Reservas or Gran Reservas. The vintage 2012 was rated as very good by the D.O.Ca. Rioja and we decided in our winery to select part of the harvest, after 639 days of aging in barrels, to make this Crianza wine we now offer.
This wine is great for its pairing with not too light starters, with all kinds of red meats, hunting dishes and even with some mature cheeses. We recommend opening the bottle 30 minutes before consumption for oxygenation.
At sight, Akutain Crianza 2012 is very bright, showing a medium to high intensity and reflecting the characteristic red ruby colors with a well-marked red tile edging. The tear denotes a fatty, well packaged wine, appearing thick, regular and consistent.
Proceeding to the olfactory phase of the tasting, the wine enters very clean in the nose and with great intensity: spicy leather conjoined in a balanced way with nuts and nutmeg appears clearly. As we go deeper we encounter very clean scents of vanilla, accompanied by a slight note of fine and envelopeing roasts. Olfactory it is a tireless, tasty and elegant wine.
The palate confirms in a frank and clear way what we previously perceived on the nose, with a subtle and stylish attack at the beginning. Then your mouth is invaded by a sea of sensations: beginning with a taste of red fruits where the ripe plum is highlighted, then follows a touch of white chocolate well assembled with bitter almond and in the end a medium-long aftertaste with an intense feeling of coffee roasting.