Deze wijn past o.a. bij harde kazen, rood vlees, stoofschotels en wildgerechten.
De indrukwekkende wijnkelder van Hacienda Monasterio werd in 1991 opgericht. Sindsdien heeft het domein zich bij de elite van de Ribera del Duero geschaard. Niet verwonderlijk: wijnmaker van Monasterio is de legendarische Deen Peter Sisseck, die met zijn eigen wijndomein Pingus enkele van ’s werelds duurste en meest gezochte wijnen produceert. De wijnen van Monasterio zijn pareltjes van balans en kracht. De gebruikte Franse eiken vaten weten de rustieke kantjes van de tempranillo weg te vijlen en het resultaat is bijzonder geslaagd te noemen. De wijn kreeg maar liefst 94 punten van The Wine Advocate.
The 2012 Crianza, from a dry vintage, resulted much fresher than expected, fresher than 2009 and 2011 in fact. The vines are dry-farmed and were planted some 22 years ago, and you might say they have matured by now. The approximate mixture of grapes in their vineyards is mostly Tempranillo with some 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Malbec, and it's more or less the blend in this wine. The wine matured in 20% new French oak barrels for some 20 months. There are no traces of the barriques and the nose took me to the Riberas of yesteryear, with some subtle rusticity; it's ripe without excess and there's good balance between fruit, spices and perhaps something earthy. The palate is extremely balanced, medium-bodied with very fine tannins, tasty, approachable and long. This could very well be the best crianza ever produced at Monasterio. This has to be one of the bargains of the vintage in Ribera, given the quality it delivers. 175,000 bottles produced. I tasted the latest releases from Hacienda Monasterio with winemaker Peter Sisseck. They are, year in and year out, among the best and most reliable wines from Ribera del Duero, with a superb Crianza in 2012, possibly their best ever. Even if the wines are not cheap, they are very good value for the quality they deliver.