Definition - What does Sin Crianza mean?
Sin Crianza is a Spanish wine quality classification, meaning that the wine has not been aged in oak barrels. It may, however, be bottle-aged. The direct translation is "without aging". More specifically, "crianza" pertains to the use of oak barrels and not oak substitutes. Sin Crianza is a designation reserved for young wines or wines which are intended for consumption within the first year of their release.
WineFrog explains Sin Crianza
Sin Crianza translates as "without aging". It is a label found on young wines (vino joven) or other wines which are marketed to be consumed within the year they are released and can refer to red, white and rosé wines.
Following Sin Crianza, there are other labels indicating the time period of aging:
- Crianza - These are red wines which are aged for a total of 2 years with a minimum of 6 months in oak barrels. The remaining time is spent aging in a bottle.
- Reserva - Red wines that are aged for a minimum of 3 years with at least 1 year in oak. For white and rose wines, they must be aged for at least 2 years, with a minimum of 6 months in oak.
- Gran Reserva - This is a classification reserved for quality vintages. Red wines require a minimum of 5 years; 18 months in oak and a minimum of 36 months in bottle. White and rosé wines are aged a minimum of 4 years, at a minimum of 6 months in oak.