Rioja is northern Spain's most famous wine region, divided into the subregions of Rioja Alta, where most of the top wineries are located; Rioja Alavesa; and Rioja Oriental. The vast majority of Rioja's production is red wine made primarily from the native Tempranillo grape, often blended with Garnacha, Mazuelo (aka Carignan), and Graciano. Traditionally, Rioja reds are categorized as either Crianza, Reserva, or Grand Reserva, representing (in that order) increasing time spent aging in barrel and bottle before release. The whites, usually made from Viura (aka Macabeo) grapes, are also sometimes aged in oak.

Hacienda Lopez de Haro 2015 Rioja Reserva 750ml


From Spain's innovative Vintae project, this is a blend of tempranillo and graciano from terraced soils in the area of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja. The nice thing about Rioja Reserva is the aging is all done for you. This has seen twenty months...

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Lopez de Haro 2017 Tempranillo 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:It is a wine with violet tones and fruity aromas that expresses its youth. Complex on the nose with aromas of red fruit and liquorish, typical of the Tempranillo variety, combined with a touch of roast nuances from the barrel...

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CUNE 2015 Rioja Reserva 750ml


Opaque ruby. Oak-spiced red fruit preserves, candied rose, vanilla and a hint of cola on the highly perfumed nose. Seamless and broad on the palate, offering sweet raspberry, cherry-vanilla and mocha flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Shows...

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Abel Mendoza 2016 Rioja Jarrarte 750ml


“I tasted the red Tempranillo 2016 Jarrarte next to the 2015, a comparison that is always interesting to see how the wines behave in two very different years. 2015 was considered warm but was somewhat underrated, and the wines are evolving better...

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Lopez de Haro 2018 Rosado 750ml


Rosé season is just starting and we've got you covered. This hand-picked Garnacha and Viura blend from Bodega Classica comes from the terraces of Rioja Alta, where the vines are old and yields low. Pronounced nose of fresh strawberry and...

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CUNE 2016 Rioja Crianza 750ml


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,...

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Miguel Merino 2015 Vina Jovenes 750ml


Tucked away just beneath the gorgeous hilltop village of Briones in Rioja Alta, the Miguel Merino estate is making some of the most elegant wines from the area.  A small and elite company with a microscopic annual production compared to the big...

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Miguel Merino 2012 Reserva 750ml


The creamy and ripe 2011 Reserva is a traditional Rioja produced with Tempranillo and 4% Graciano, ripe, balsamic and intense. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty and rustic tannins that should welcome some food. 6,668 bottles were filled in...

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Raices 2015 Crianza Valdepenas 750ml


The 2015 Raices is from Valdepeñas, an independant DO almost completely surrounded by a larger DO called La Mancha. Comprised of 100% Tempranillo, this wine was aged for a minimum of 24 months, 9 of which spent in large oak barrels. On the...

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Contino 2016 Rioja Reserva 750ml


The renewed classical red 2016 Reserva was produced as a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. It fermented in small stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in 225-liter French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 18 months. It...

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Artuke 2016 Finca de los Locos 750ml


The same as with most of the other 2016s, I caught the 2016 Finca de Los Locos in tank after its élevage as it was about to be bottled. This single vineyard is on a terrace of the Ebro River at only 120 meters in altitude, on sandy and gravel...

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