When looking for wine on theCoWine platform you will find several terms that is included in the names of wines from Spain. What does these terms really mean? It’s all about how the wine is aged before released for sale. The terms may very by region however, here will provide you a general guideline:
Joven. Means young. These wines are not meant for ageing and should be enjoyed within the first couple of year from release. In general, Joven wines have not matured in the cellar before release. A Joven Tempranillo wine pairs well with Tapas.
Roble. Means oak. The wines have matured in oak – usually not very long, often less than a year. Here you will have more fruity and spicy wines. If you don’t like the added complexity from the oak barrels, this is a great option for you.
Crianza. Means to ‘bring up’. It makes sense in terms of ageing. Will mature for a minimum of 2 years, of which 1 year is in oak barrels. Depending on the origin of the oak, Crianza pairs well with barbequed meat of lamb (American Oak) or white/red meat (if French oak is used).
Reserva. Better vintages provides opportunity for Reserva wines. Ageing requirements are minimum 3 years; minimim 1 year in oak barrels and the rest in the bottle. The maturation adds a layer of complexity. Expect to pay a higher price than Crianza. Take the Tempranillo grape; the additional ageing helps soften the spiciness of the grape. The wine is made for ham, but goes well with fish and meat on the barbeque.
Gran Reserva, Aged a minimum of 5 years before release. It is only produced in extraordinary vintages. It requires a minimum of 2 years ageing in barrels and the remaining time in the bottle. The tannins of the wines pairs well with meat of high protein content.
The Ernest Hemmingway beloved winery Bodegas Franco-Españolas offers a great entrance to Reserva & Gran Reserva wines.
Bornos Bodegas & Viñedos takes you through several regions with great Roble and Crianza wines.