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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, 12% Graciano, 2% Viura

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  2. Cune Rioja Crianza

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51909

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The red 2016 Cune Crianza is an affordable and classical blend of Tempranillo with some 15% Garnacha and Mazuelo that is easy to drink and understand, with a soft palate and an approachable profile. It has a bright nose with red fruit rather than black, quite aromatic and expressive. The palate is soft and approachable, very easy to drink, with a touch of freshness. They produced a whopping 4.5 million bottles of this! The bottle I tasted was bottled in April 2019 after 12 months in barrique. There are eight different lots of this wine that are bottled throughout the year, for which they try to make the most homogeneous blend possible, but some variation is inevitable. But the overall quality of this year is certainly higher than the previous one.
    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2019
    Black cherry, red plum, licorice and smoke flavors mingle in this round red. Shows good density, while orange peel acidity and light tannins keep this focused. Drink now through 2028. 375,000 cases made, 10,000 cases imported.
    WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2019
    Berry, spice and tobacco aromas work in unison to give this Crianza a nice start. A firm palate avoids jamminess and shows grip. Dark plum, raspberry, spice and pepper flavors hold on through the finish. For everyday Rioja, there isn’t much better than this.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  3. 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. Bozeto de Exopto

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#53740

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - 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.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: 50% Garnacha, 40% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano

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  5. 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.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  6. Río Madre Rioja Graciano

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#52552

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Blueberries and blackberries, as well as black olives on the palate. It’s perfumed and pretty. Full bodied, chewy and juicy wine. Attractive center palate of ripe fruit. Needs time to soften. Try after 2021.
    JD8787 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - October 21, 2020
    An interesting example of 100% Graciano (which you don’t find often), the 2018 Rio Madre Graciano offers lots of ripe black fruits, synthetic herbs, asphalt, and licorice. Medium-bodied, it offers juicy acidity, solid depth of fruit, and a good finish. An attractive, enjoyable red, it’s a fair step back from the 2017 but is still a fine barbecue wine to enjoy over the coming 2–3 years.
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    Primary Grape: Graciano | All Grapes: 100% Graciano

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  7. Viña Real Rioja Crianza

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#50606

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The bottle I tasted of the 2016 Viña Real Crianza is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa that fermented destemmed in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in French and American oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five or six months. It’s expressive, deliciously aromatic, floral and elegant, reflecting a cool year that delivered fresh wines that seem to be very approachable early on. 2016 is a pretty vintage, but this wine is not banal; it has depth and complexity that’s remarkable for the price point. The palate is fresh and balanced, with fine tannins. 900,000 bottles produced. It’s bottled in five lots. I tasted from the bottles filled in April 2019.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  8. El Coto Rioja Blanco

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#52270

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    A pretty white, offering sliced green apple and melon with some salt and dried lemon. It’s medium-bodied with lovely fruit and a fresh finish. Drink now.
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    Primary Grape: Macabeo | All Grapes: Viura, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc

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  9. La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi

    Reserva
    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#51527

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 2, 2020
    Aromas of subtle red fruit with plums, spice and cedar. Some dried flowers and dried spices, such as paprika. It’s medium-bodied with some pretty, ripe fruit in the center palate, fine tannins and a citrus and cedar undertone to the finish. Drink or hold.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The classic Haro-styled red 2015 Viña Alberdi, sold abroad with the mention of Reserva and in Spain as Crianza, is a good introduction to the house style: balsamic reds with abundant notes of sweet spices and cigar ash, developed aromas of forest floor and a creamy twist making small concessions for a fresher and cleaner profile in the last few years but keeping the classic style. There are notes of ground tobacco and earth, and the palate is seamless and sleek, with polished tannins and a soft mouthfeel. There are 550,000 bottles of this wine, all produced from a single master blend. It was bottled in September 2018 after two years in American oak barrels.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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  10. 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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  11. Marques de Cáceres Excellens

    Rioja Cuvée Especial
    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52428

    SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2020
    A sleek texture carries bold flavors in this expressive red. Espresso, clove and black tea notes mingle with black cherry, graphite and mint elements, supported by firm tannins and lively acidity. Harmonious, with good depth. Drink now through 2032. 20,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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  12. 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, Graciano

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  13. 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, Graciano

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  14. Campo Viejo Tempranillo

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#53666

    SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2020
    This plump red offers black cherry, red plum, licorice and leafy flavors, with light tannins and citrusy acidity. Fresh, juicy and clean. Drink now through 2026. 120,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  15. Cune Rioja Gran Reserva

    2010 / 750 ml. | Item#44408

    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2016
    This generous red shows a traditional character, with leafy, dried herb, tea and spice notes framing dried cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm tannins and balsamic acidity impart structure, and this shows plenty of depth, with a juicy, spicy finish. Drink now through 2025. 600 cases imported.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2016
    The 2010 Cune Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo 10%, Graciano and 5% and Mazuelo, which matured in barrel for two years and in bottle for three. There is more American oak here with sweet spices, some roasted and tar aromas, with hints of leather and less finesse than in other Gran Reserva from the house; Viña Real, Imperial and Contino play in a different league. 50,000 bottles produced.
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    2016 Wine Spectator Top 100 Selection | #22

    Wine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2016 | #22

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