Despite the warm weather we’re having, and the plethora of patio festivities that come along with it, I still like to adorn the sun with a quenching red. Anything fruit forward and abound with well-tempered tannins is my first choice. The Aleceno Seleccion Crianza 2012 from Spain more than fits the bill.

There was a time where wines from Spain were painted with a fainted brush. In the mid-90’s Spanish wine regions suffered from local destabilization and drought, but as it’s faith turned in the late 1990’s it lead to some splendid award-winning vintages in the late 2000 and beyond. Today, a Crianza, Reserva or of course Gran Reserva all produce some fantastic wine experiences that make you forget the regions most troubling years, from just the first sip.

On colour, the Aleceno Seleccion Crianza 2012 holds a scarlet hue. On the nose, cherry, mineral hints, and candy apple are picked up. On the palate, you’ll find this wine to be very fruit forward, with a medium finish and just enough tannins to give it a delightful structure. Spice, vanilla, tobacco and light mineral finish off the mouth feel of this wine. Aleceno Seleccion Crianza 2012, a blend of  Monastrell (75%), Syrah (15% ), Tempranillo (10% ), is a definite must buy and has been added to my staple list of red wines!

This wine retails at the LCBO for $21.00

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5