Rioja rules!

Rioja rules! |

We love to say "ree OH hah". Rioja, it feels good to say it and drink it! Here are three wines from the iconic Spanish region that should not be missed, and all are under $13. The Bozeto de Exopto just arrived and it's one of the most compelling Rioja's we have tasted at this price in a long time.

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  1. Bozeto de Exopto

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#53740

    JS9292 pts. - - Monday, November 2, 2020
    A creamy, full-bodied red with plum and berry character. Nice purity of fruit to this. It’s full-bodied and layered with polish and beauty. Lovely tannins here. Drink or hold.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The red 2019 Bozeto de Exopto is a blend of 50% Tempranillo from Ábalos with the Mediterranean touch of 40% Garnacha and 10% Graciano from Alfaro to add freshness. He wants the wine to express the Garnacha character, and it does but in a subtler way than if it was a varietal bottling. But all the grapes seem nicely integrated and complement each other. The wine fermented in a combination of stainless steel, concrete vats and used barriques, where it matured for six months. 2019 is a warmer, Mediterranean vintage, and the wine is soft and approachable, juicy and fruit driven. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019, earlier than in cooler years.
    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Saturated ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berry, cherry and licorice scents are complicated by suggestions of violet and mocha. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering blackberry and cherry cola flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes smoky, smooth and long, with velvety tannins and repeating dark fruit and licorice notes.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: 50% Garnacha

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