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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

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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

    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.
    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.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  3. Baron de Ley Varietales Tempranillo

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#51620

    SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2020
    This polished red offers black cherry, licorice, forest floor and smoky flavors, focused and crisp. Light, firm tannins and bright acidity give this structure and energy. Drink now through 2027. 1,000 cases made, 100 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 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.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Izadi Reserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#53221

    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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  8. R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo

    2009 / 750 ml. | Item#48854

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Considering that this is the producer’s simplest red, it has an astonishing stature and sophistication. Nuances of tobacco and soy sauce as well as ripe plums and a great balance of fruit and precisely crafted dry tannins and a firm, but polished finish. Drink or hold.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Feb 2018
    The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004–2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries, spices and smoke, very clean and with good volume in the palate. It’s usually a little riper and with higher alcohol than Tondonia or Bosconia, with the character, finesse and elegance of a classical Reserva. 93,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2013.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 65% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

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  9. Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

    2011 / 750 ml. | Item#51369

    JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 8, 2019
    The most structured Prado Enea ever. A reduced center palate that is so compact with dark fruit, dark mushrooms and cedary spice. Full body. Wonderfully polished tannins and a long, long finish. Electric acidity. Muscular and well toned. The is a new classic that reminds me of great Spanish wines from the 1940s and 1950s. Better after 2021, but already so impressive.
    RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The most classical of the wines from Muga, the 2011 Prado Enea Gran Reserva comes from a warm year that here was cooler than 2012, when they did not produce it. There won’t be a 2013 either. So after this 2011, the following vintage will be 2014 but with fewer bottles and then 2015 and 2016. The wine has a developed nose with some tertiary notes, combined with some notes of ripe black fruit and sweet spices. It fees like an open, expressive and hedonistic year for Prado Enea. The palate reveals polished tannins and some balsamic and developed flavors, truffle, forest floor and hints of cigar ash and incense. Stylistically, this could be close to the 2006, which was also surprisingly fresh for the average ripeness found in Rioja in general. 92,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early 2015 after almost 40 months in barrel. Time in bottle has polished the wine, and it’s ready to drink on release, but it’s a wine that is going to develop in bottle for a long time.
    WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020
    Earthy plum and berry aromas set up a palate with plush tannins and layers of depth. Befitting a hot year like 2011, dark berry and plum flavors are full, while this exhibits fine shape on the finish and only gets better the longer it sits. This is no doubt a delicious Rioja from one of the top wineries in Spain. Decant if drinking now. Enjoy through 2035.
    JD95+95+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - September 6, 2019
    The 2011 Prado Enea checks in as a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo that spent a full three years in oak, followed by three years in bottle before being released in May of 2019. It reveals a deep ruby/plum color as well as a closed, tight nose of blackcurrants, smoked earth, graphite, and Asian spices. It’s rich, medium to full-bodied, has a layered, balanced texture, integrated tannins, and a great finish. It’s holding things a little close to its vest at the moment, so I suspect 2–4 years of bottle age are warranted.
    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2019
    Aromatic and alluring, this generous red offers forest floor, tobacco and floral notes that frame a core of black cherry, plum, licorice and orange peel flavors. Well-integrated tannins support the broad texture, and juicy acidity keeps this fresh through the spicy finish. Drink now through 2027. 7,500 cases made, 1,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuela and Graciano

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  10. Muga Reserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#52065

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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha

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  11. Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva

    2012 / 750 ml. | Item#51372

    WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 1/1/2020
    Classic Rioja aromas of graphite, cherry, plum and oak are lightly toasted and spicy. On the palate, this offers chewy depth and impeccable balance. Ripe, heady plum, cassis and berry flavors are also nuanced and elegant, while this gran reserva from a ripe vintage tastes of vanilla and mild oak on the finish. For an affordable high-quality gem, look no further. Drink through 2028.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2019
    Deep red. Lively, spice-accented red berry and dried cherry aromas, along with suggestions of potpourri, coconut and woodsmoke. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that pick up a zesty mineral quality with air. Candied rose and mocha notes linger on a smoke-tinged finish that shows very good clarity and fine-grained tannins.
    SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2018
    This polished red is focused and harmonious. Black cherry, tea, licorice, dried orange and spice notes mingle over firm, well-integrated tannins, while orange peel acidity keeps this lively. Expressive, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2024. 20,000 cases made, 8,500 cases imported.
    JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Lots of vanilla, chocolate-coated blackberries, cedar, tobacco and glazed dark cherries. Medium to full body, succulent tannins and a fruit-driven but tangy finish. Drink in 2021.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 100% Tempranillo

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  12. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

    2011 / 750 ml. | Item#52767

    JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Lovely dried red fruit, such as plums with just a hint of prunes. Cedar, walnut and leather undertones. Full-bodied with lots of fruit, considering its age, as well as hints of smoke, tobacco, bark and black tea. Some balsamic at the finish. Traditionally styled with lovely results. Drink or hold.
    VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 has been one of my go-to cuvées since my earliest days as a wine lover. This latest release is a blend of 60-year-old Tempranillo from Briñas, Rodenzo and Villalba (89%) and the remainder Graciano from the Montecillo vineyard. Fully de-stemmed and aged for 54 months in American oak, it was bottled in November 2016. This is more reticent and less forthcoming on the nose compared to the Viña Ardanza, gradually unfolding to reveal enticing scents of raspberry, crushed strawberry, warm leather, terra cotta and a touch of meat juice. This needed more decanting than the Ardanza. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine-grained tannins, and ultra-smooth in terms of texture. Layers of red fruit laced with clove, sprigs of fresh mint and blood orange dovetail into a soy-tinged finish that you expect to fan out, though it declines; it needs maybe another 12–18 months to really show what it is capable of. Magnificent.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo, Graciano

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  13. Marqués de Riscal Reserva

    2014 / 750 ml. | Item#46013

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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo, Graciano

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  14. 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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  15. La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi

    Reserva
    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#51527

    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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