Posted on October 3rd, 2008
Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva
On a bottle of wine, the term “Reserve” can mean literally anything. Often it’s just a simple marketing ploy and doesn’t denote quality.
However, in Spain it’s part of the legal classification system, most notably in Rioja.
- A wine labelled simply “Rioja,” is the youngest, spending less than a year in an oak barrel.
- A Rioja “crianza” is wine aged for at least two years, with at least one in oak.
- “Reserva” is aged for at least three years, with at least one year in oak.
- “Gran Reserva” wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle before being released.