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Rioja

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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 2016 Rioja Reserva 750ml

$27.74

Colour: Medium-high depth wine, ruby red colour with roof tile rim, which denotes its long barrel ageing and its peaceful bottle ageing. Nose: Powerful on the nose with primary aromas of ripe fruit accompanied by complex spicy and balsamic notes and a...

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Lopez de Haro 2017 Tempranillo 750ml

$22.52

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 2020 Rioja Monopole White 750ml

$24.26

The regular white 2019 Monopole, a brand they registered in 1915, is pure Viura produced in a clean and precise style, fermenting in stainless steel at a low temperature to keep very primary aromas. They want it to be a classical white from Rioja but...

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La Rioja Alta 2011 Gran Reserva 904 750ml

$130.34

I usually prefer the 904 to the 890, but there will be no Gran Reserva 890 until the 2010 vintage (from the last vintage I tasted, 2005). So, the only one of the extended-aging Haro-style reds I tasted this time was the 2011 Gran Reserva 904, which had a...

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Abel Mendoza 2017 Rioja Jarrarte 750ml

$45.13

The regular 2017 Jarrarte—produced with Tempranillo and matured in used oak barrels for 12 months—should not be confused with the younger and unoaked Maceración Carbónica. 2017 was super challenging and early, and the wine shows...

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Miguel Merino 2015 Gran Reserva 750ml

$67.74

Only in the best vintages we select the best vines to make our Gran Reserva. Our Gran Reserva 2015 comes from vineyards planted in the 1950s and 1960s in Briones, in slopes of limestone and clay soil composition at an altitude of 550 metres. The grapes...

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Abel Mendoza 2017 Rioja Seleccion Personal 750ml

$73.82

The 2017 Selección Personal is the selection of the best plot of Tempranillo that year, but in the last few years it tends to be from a 50-year-old vineyard called Marrarte-El Bardallo in the village of Labastida, with clay and limestone soils...

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La Rioja Alta 2014 Vina Arana Gran Reserva 750ml

$86.86

Limpid ruby-red. Oak-spiced cherry, black raspberry, candied rose, spicecake and coconut aromas show very good definition and pick up tobacco and licorice notes as the wine opens up. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering sappy cherry cola, fruitcake,...

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Miguel Merino 2015 Reserva 750ml

$60.78

Juicy, rich, deep, expressive, showing elegant American oak hints and a suave tannic architecture. Benchmark reserva, which could be taken as a gran reserva. Old-style Rioja, with a touch of extra fruit, and class. Score: 92 points -- Decanter,...

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Milenrama 2019 Rioja 750ml

$19.91

Deep, shimmering red. Lively cherry and spicecake aromas and flavors and a hint of peppery spiciness. Juicy and energetic in style, showing good depth, repeating spiciness and discreet tannins on the nicely persistent finish. Drink this easygoing Rioja...

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La Rioja Alta 2015 Reserva Vina Alberdi 750ml

$47.74

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...

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Riojanas 2018 Rioja Vina Albina Crianza 750ml

$34.69

A smoky red, with flavors of dark cherry and currant mixed with loamy earth, tea and forest floor, all bound by balsamic acidity. A hint of tobacco leaf lingers on the sinewy finish. Drink now through 2026. -- GS, Wine Spectator, 2021

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Contino 2012 Gran Reserva 750ml

$92.95

The oldest of the current releases, the 2012 Gran Reserva is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, 12% Garnacha and 3% white Viura, a classical combination, with 13.65% alcohol, remarkable acidity and moderate pH. The grapes were selected from some...

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Contino 2017 Rioja Reserva 750ml

$60.78

Aromas of chocolate, smoked meat and berries. Really perfumed and subtle. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, creamy tannins that show tension and poise. Mellow and fine. So silky and brilliant. Complex. Polished. Drink now or hold. Score: 95...

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