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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 2015 Rioja Reserva 750ml

$27.74

"Hacienda López de Haro Reserva 2011 displays a certain degree of complexity on the nose. Aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries and raspberries, notes of spices, hints of old leather and some menthol remembrances. A masterly aged wine, the...

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Lopez de Haro 2017 Tempranillo 750ml

$19.91

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

$36.43

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

$43.39

“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

$19.91

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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Miguel Merino 2015 Vina Jovenes 750ml

$39.04

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

$59.04

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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La Rioja Alta 2012/2015 Reserva Vina Alberdi 750ml

$43.39

The first wine in their portfolio is already at Reserva level (labeled Crianza in Spain...), of which I tasted the 2014 Viña Alberdi. 2014 was a challenging harvest with lots of rains, and they had to sort and select the grapes. The wine has...

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Marques de Murrieta 2014 Capellania Blanco 750ml

$59.04

The Viura grapes for the 2013 Capellanía were harvested on October 10th and 11th, lightly and slowly pressed, the juice let to settle, racked off the solids and put to ferment at a low temperature in stainless steel. The wine always matures in new...

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Contino 2016 Rioja Reserva 750ml

$58.17

Fermentation of this wine takes place in stainless steel tanks, with maturation in French and American oak & lasting for two years. The nose is dominated by red fruit but beneath this initial onslaught of sweet strawberry & seductive raspberry,...

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Contino 2017 Contino Blanco 750ml

$60.78

(malo in stainless steel tanks; aged for seven months in a 60/40 blend of stainless steel and French oak barrels of varying size) Limpid yellow. Vibrant Anjou pear and tangerine aromas show very good clarity and pick up suggestions of buttered toast,...

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Miguel Merino 2016 Blanco 750ml

$86.87

This is Merino's first white wine, bottled in 2016 and is made of 100% Viura. Very concentrated, refreshing, with tinges of delicious minerality. Pair with seafood, cured meats, chicken, and duck. "Miguel Merino «Blanco» comes from two very...

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Miguel Merino 2014 Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz 750ml

$47.74

And now for something completely different: Mazuelo (aka Carignan) from Rioja, Spain. Only 3% of Rioja's plantings are given to Mazuelo, so having this wine on the shelf is quite a treat. Straight from the bottle, it's all leather and earth, but with a...

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