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. 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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  2. Izadi Reserva

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#56533

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 4, 2021
    Dark berries, dark cherries, chocolate, cedar, dried herbs and spice box. Full-bodied with fine tannins. Balanced and fleshy with creamy and fruity character on the mid-palate and a flavorful finish with excellent length. Vibrant at the end. 100% tempranillo. Drink or hold.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Limpid ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of coconut, cola and pipe tobacco, and a floral nuance emerges slowly. Sweet and velvety in texture, offering palate-coating red and dark berry, rose pastille, coconut and vanilla flavors braced by a core of juicy acidity. Shows solid, spicy thrust on a long, smooth finish that’s shaped by subtle, rounded tannins. 73% American and 27% French oak barrels, 20% of them new.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  3. 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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  4. Burgo Viejo Rioja Crianza

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#49703

    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 2, 2018
    A tight red with a dense palate of dark berries and chocolate. Full and reserved, yet polished and energetic. Give it two years to soften. Drink in 2020.
    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2019
    Deep ruby. Smoky-accented cherry, blackcurrant and coconut aromas are sharpened by a suggestion of cracked pepper that adds spicy lift. Push and broad in the mouth, offering sweet dark fruit liqueur and oak spice flavors that slowly tighten up on the back half. Finishes creamy and appealingly sweet, with rounded tannins coming in late to add framework and gentle grip.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 90% Tempranillo

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  5. Izadi Blanco

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#55834

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    The surprising white 2019 Blanco has all the white grapes you can imagine — Garnacha Blanca, Maturana Blanca, Torrontés, Viura, Malvasía and Tempranillo Blanco — fermented in different vessels, while in the past it contained less varieties and was all barrel fermented. I think this has increased the complexity and nuance and lowered the effect of the oak in the wine. It comes through as balsamic with even some minty notes and quite fresh and vibrant, clean and tasty, with a dry finish. 24,681 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
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    Primary Grape: Macabeo | All Grapes: 65% Viura

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  7. Cune Rioja Made with Organic Grapes

    2020 / 750 ml. | Item#58037

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
    The certified organic red 2020 Cune Organic is aromatic, expressive and fruit-driven but with depth and complexity. They liked the Garnacha in 2020, which represents no less than 60% of the blend, complemented by 30% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. The wine is fresh and has a profile similar to the young and juicy Crianza, with good ripeness and a solid palate. It matured in second use 300-liter oak barrels for six months. Urrutia mentioned cheerful and barbecue when talking about this wine. Very good at that. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2022. (Luis Gutiérrez)
    VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Deep, lurid ruby. Ripe black and blue fruits, candied flowers and a hint of licorice on the perfumed nose. Sappy and velvety in texture, offering bitter cherry and blueberry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Finishes long and smooth, with repeating spiciness, a hint of cola and round, even tannins. (Josh Raynolds)
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  8. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva

    2009 / 750 ml. | Item#56603

    JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, November 22, 2021
    Sweet berries, cherries, cedar and dried flowers on the nose. Some lemon and lime zest, too! Medium-to full-bodied with tight, integrated tannins that show wonderful length and reserve. So fresh and vivid. Lots of energy. A wonderful, classic wine. Drink or hold.
    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    As with many wines this time, I had two vintages to taste of the Reserva from the Tondonia vineyard, 2009 and 2008, two very different, almost opposite vintages. The 2009 Viña Tondonia Reserva, a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacho and 5% each Mazuelo and Graciano, matured in used American oak barrels for six years. It has some toasted character, with ripe fruit, black rather than red, denoting a warm year but more restrained than the Bosconia Reserva from the same vintage. 2009 is a year of ripeness, concentration and tannin; the wines are powerful, but here you see the finesse of Tondonia in comparison to the more rustic Viña Bosconia. 220,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2017.
    WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 12/21
    From the López de Heredia family’s prime vineyard on a meander of the Ebro just outside of Haro, Tondonia is a blend of tempranillo with 20 percent garnacha along with small amounts of graciano and mazuelo. It’s a little volatile when first released from its long rest in bottle, then it turns silken and mouthwatering with air, a bright, lively and refreshing take on traditional Rioja. Brisk cherry and delicate orange zest notes make this an easy pleasure, fully mature with ample tannins to carry it further, equally at home with a plate of hake cheeks or a rabbit stew.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 70% Tempranillo

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  9. Señorío de P. Peciña Rioja Crianza

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#56841

    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    They are convinced at the winery that the 2015 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza is the best Crianza they have ever produced, which is often the case with the current vintage for sale... But I must admit that the wine was very impressively balanced, nuanced and complex. It has freshness and is approachable enough while showing Rioja character and integrated oak to appeal to a wide audience. It’s ripe without excess, coming through as juicy and tasty. It spent two years in used American oak barrels. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Bright ruby. Lively, smoke- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by floral, vanilla and pipe tobacco flourishes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant red and blue fruit flavors that deepen and turn spicier with air. Shows very good energy and appealing florality on a very long, penetrating finish shaped by well-judged tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  10. R. López de Heredia Viña Cubillo

    2013 / 750 ml. | Item#57485

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, October 14, 2021
    Enticing aromas of blackberries, leather and cedar with some dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body with firm tannins and a fresh, citrusy finish. Very traditional and real. Drink now.
    RP92+92+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Jul 2022
    2013 was a very tough vintage when they had to discard up to 100,000 kilograms of grapes and production of most of the wines was lower; it’s also the year when their father died, and they were very encouraged to make very good wines. The 2013 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza is the entry-level red from that year, the cooler of the shortlist of 2013, 2014 and 2015 I tasted next to each other. The wine is more austere even within the style they say is their wine for the by-the-glass market. It’s classical and developed with a polished palate after three years in barrel. It overdelivers for the conditions of the year. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 65% Tempranillo

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  11. 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.
    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.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: 50% Garnacha

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  12. Muga Reserva

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#56934

    JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, February 3, 2022
    This was the only red that Muga made in 2018, and the wines from the best vineyards went into the blend. In other words, top vineyards were declassified. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins that are caressing and refined. Plenty of subtle berries, chocolate and walnuts. Tempranillo with garnacha, mazuelo and graciano. January 2021 release. Drink or hold.
    JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 6/13/2022
    The 2018 Muga Reserva is a similar blend and has pretty, slightly fresher notes of darker, almost blue fruits as well as violets, spring flowers, and cedary oak. More medium-bodied on the palate, it shows the fresher, elegant style of the vintage, has beautiful tannins, no hard edges, and outstanding length on the finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  13. Burgo Viejo Rioja Crianza

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#59017

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
    I find balance, seriousness and some restraint in the 2018 Crianza. It has moderate alcohol and contained ripeness, integrated oak and a polished palate with fruit and spice flavors that make it quite recognizable as Rioja. It has some tannins that would welcome food and/or a little bit more time in bottle. It’s 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano matured in American oak barrels for one year. 240,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2020. (Luis Gutiérrez)
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: 90% Tempranillo

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