Oak aging has always been a prominent feature of Rioja red wines. Recently, though, winemakers have made greater use of French, as opposed to American oak and leaning more toward an international style. This Marques de Caceres Crianza is an excellent example. And although it's not the style of wine I ordinarily drink, it is a very enjoyable drink at a relatively modest price ($12.99 right now at Earth Fare in Kalamazoo).
The color is deep and dark. Dark cherries, raspberries and coffee. A big, tannic wine but very accessible even in its youth. The fruit carries all the way through to the finish.