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Rioja

Rioja

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While the best Spanish wine is subjective to ones taste, one could argue that the Rioja wine region is the most well-known and important.

In Spain wine regions have certain rules and regulations that are similar to those in France or Italy. The Rioja wine region is one of two in Spain with the highest classification of quality assurance called the Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C.) or "Qualified Appellation of Origin".

Red Rioja wine is typically based on the Tempranillo grape with Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo and Graziano usually in a supporting role. White Rioja wines are typically made from the native Viura grape although Verdejo and international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are permitted. The use of oak aging in the Rioja wine region traditionally begins with the use of American oak barrels. The aging process of these wines is indicated on the bottle in several ways:

  • Rioja (formerly "joven"): This is a young wine that sees very little or sometimes no oak aging.
  • Crianza: One year aging in barrel, and additional months aging in bottle.
  • Reserva: Wines see a minimum of one year in barrel and with bottle aging must be three years old before release.
  • Grand Reserva: Wines see a minimum of two years in barrel and three years of bottle aging.
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  1. Finca Costanillas

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#52421

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Very pretty Rioja with ripe berries, chocolate, walnuts and hazelnuts. Full-bodied with juicy fruit and a flavorful finish. Nice length. Needs another year or two to come around. Drink after 2021.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 86% Tempranillo

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  2. El Coto Rioja Crianza

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51371

    JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Some wet-wool aromas with dried plums, too. The palate has a mellow array of red berries and smooth, easy tannins. Drink now.
    SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2020
    This red has a juicy, tender texture, with gentle tannins and citrusy acidity. Cherry, candied berry and vanilla flavors mingle with herbal and forest floor notes. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2026. 500,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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  4. Palacios Remondo La Montesa

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#53228

    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The 2017 La Montesa is mostly Garnacha with some 8% other red varieties and comes from a warm and dry year that saw a very early harvest, up to 20 days earlier than usual. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrique for 12 months. It feels very Mediterranean, with notes of Mediterranean herbs and ripe berries. It’s juicy and lush, round and very pleasant, easy to drink. 670,000 bottles produced and will be labeled organic, very remarkable for such volume. It was bottled in May 2019.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Limpid ruby. Expressive red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral scents pick up a hint of succulent herbs with air. Juicy, expansive boysenberry, cherry cola and candied rose flavors deepen through the midpalate. Shows very good depth and energy and closes sweet, spicy and long, with discreet tannins adding gentle grip.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  6. Montebuena Rioja

    Cuvée KPF
    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#55000

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Lots of toasted oak with coffee and chocolate to the ripe-plum character. It’s full-bodied and chewy with a polished undertone. Drink or hold.
    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Bright ruby-red. Lively red and blue fruit, baking spice and floral qualities on the nose. A hint of vanilla emerges with air and adds a sweetening touch to fresh cherry and boysenberry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Finishes smooth and focused, with repeating spiciness and gently firming tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  7. Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Cosecha

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#53549

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The juicy and chewy unoaked red 2019 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha Tinto has bright ripe fruit and an earthy touch, a medium body and soft tannins that give it a supple texture. It’s a blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano fermented with indigenous yeasts and kept in tank until bottling. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020.
    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2020
    Vivid scarlet. Pungent red berry, blood orange and floral scents pick up a spicy topnote with air. Juicy and well-concentrated but lively as well, offering sappy strawberry, cherry and orange pith flavors and a touch of succulent herbs. Finishes long and smooth, with repeating florality and a gently sweet red fruit note.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  8. Izadi Selección

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#53971

    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2021
    This rich red marries power and grace, with ripe plum and blackberry fruit, while toast, loamy earth and mineral notes add depth. Well-integrated tannins support the thick texture, while firm acidity keeps it fresh. Harmonious and deep. Drink now through 2030. 10,240 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    A firm, silky red with blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Some black olives, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with racy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  9. Cune Rioja Made with Organic Grapes

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#55207

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    There is a new organic red, the debut of which is the 2019 Cune Organic, a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from external suppliers. That’s quite an unusual blend for them, as they tend to use more Tempranillo, and it brings a different combination of freshness and power. The grapes were handpicked and fermented separately by variety with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in used 300-liter oak barrels for six months. I nearly fell off my chair when I put my nose in the glass, as the wine screamed GARNACHA — but traditional Garnacha at its floral and herbal best, with the sweet cherry fruit, red licorice and the chalky tannins from the limestone soils. It’s balanced, tasty and juicy, truly delicious. The idea is to eventually produce this wine with their own grapes, as they are moving toward organic farming and removed herbicides years ago. They have never released a wine like this or such a young red. Amazing young Garnacha for the by-the-glass market. Bravo! 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  10. R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo

    2012 / 750 ml. | Item#54087

    JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit and walnut in the aftertaste. Goes on for minutes. Fantastic wine. Classic, textbook Rioja. A joy. Incredible value! Drink or hold.
    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    I was quite impressed by the 2012 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza, a classical Rioja that is nicely crafted, with less aging in barrel than the rest of reds and therefore with more fruit character and less López de Heredia signature. This was born as a red for tapas, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo with 13.5% alcohol. It matured in well-seasoned American oak barrels for three years. It has ripe fruit (black rather than red) without excess and a pinch of spices and a twist of oak. 94,500 bottles produced. There are seven lots of this. I tasted a bottled that was filled in May 2018.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Glistening ruby. Spice-accented aromas of red berries, cherry cola and candied rose, plus a smoky nuance in the background. Supple and energetic in style, with a core of zesty acidity adding lift and cut to bitter cherry and red currant flavors that take a sweeter turn through the midpalate. Finishes long and smooth, delivering gentle tannic grip, a snap of peppery spices and repeating florality.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 65% Tempranillo

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  11. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva

    2008 / 750 ml. | Item#53379

    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The nose of the 2008 Viña Tondonia Reserva is very elegant, fresh and with an herbal twist, starting to show the complexity of the aged wines that are sometimes still too young when they are released 10+ years from the vintage! The palate is medium-bodied, with lightness and depth, very classical with extra freshness and all that is needed for a long development in bottle. This is the more Tondonia of the two vintages I tasted side by side. There are notes of maple syrup, smoke, licorice and crisp fruit. The palate is more austere, crunchy and reveals the chalkiness of the soils. There’s more definition and precision here.
    JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisin, chocolate and toasted oak. Some balsamic undertones. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory, balsamic undertones. Extreme and unique, as always. Drink now.
    WS9191 pts. - Wine & Spirits - December 1, 2020
    This is a lean and fragrant vintage of Viña Tondonia, the López de Heredia family’s prime Rioja Alta vineyard above a meander along the Ebro River. In 2008, the wine is gamey up front, with sour cherry flavors and a delicate, lasting richness. The wine defines Rioja’s traditional elegance.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 75% Tempranillo

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  12. Baron de Ley Varietales Tempranillo

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#54393

    VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Dark garnet. Primary, oak-tinged cherry and red currant aromas and flavors show good energy and subtle licorice and spice nuances. In a taut, youthful style, showing good depth and a sweetening touch of coconut on the nicely persistent finish, which echoes the spicy note.
    SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2021
    Ripe cherry and red plum flavors are edged with cocoa, cola and loamy earth details in this plush, fresh red, which shows good harmony and energy. Drink now through 2026.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  13. Macán Clásico

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#55134

    RP93+93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2019
    The 2016 Macán Clásico is their second wine in the Bordeaux sense. In 2016, they fermented the wine in stainless steel and reduced the number of new barrels to 50%, while 5% of the barrels were produced with American oak at the Vega Sicilia cooperage. The new winery was 100% ready and now has much better facilities. The élevage lasted 12 months, and this has contained ripeness and integrated oak. The year had freshness and balance and helped to produce lighter and more expressive wines, like this one. This has to be one of the finest vintages for this cuvée. 97,654 bottles, 1,060 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in August 2018.
    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    A very perfumed red with ultra fine and chewy tannins that coat the mouth and draw you down the linear line of this wine. Purple fruit, stones and blue fruit. Medium to full body. Better in 2021, but already beautiful. Drink now or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  15. Izadi Reserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#53221

    JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. Full-bodied with very tight, refined tannins that are focused and impressive. I like the texture and definition to the wine, as well as the complex aftertaste. Serious wine that’s nice to drink now, but with three to four years of age, this will be very special. Try after 2022.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    In the 2016 Reserva, I found very good freshness and balance and notes of red fruit that always point at more contained ripeness, and it also has a completely different oak profile, a lot subtler and more integrated than in previous vintages. This is a clean and aromatic modern Reserva with some fine tannins to be resolved by some more time in the bottle and/or with hearty food. It’s a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in barrel for 15 months. 148,217 bottles and 1,000 magnums produced. It was bottled in July 2018.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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