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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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La Rioja Alta 2010 Gran Reserva 904 750ml

$124.26

It seems like yesterday when the superb 2001 was released, and now I already have the 2010 Gran Reserva 904 in my glass. It has to be among the greatest modern time vintages of this mythical bottling, where they aim for a wine that has a long aging...

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CUNE 2018 Rioja Monopole White 750ml

$23.83

Pale gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes dried pear, beeswax and lemon pith, plus a hint of green almond in the background. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are braced and lifted by a chalky...

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Finca de la Rica 2016 El Guia Rioja 750ml

$24.26

Finca de la Rica makes this 95/5 mix of tempranillo/viura at a modest 13.5 percent alcohol. The fruit, 45-year-old tempranillo and 100-year-old viura is grown organically and cofermented. One quarter goes through carbonic maceration followed by a...

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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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Abel Mendoza 2016 Rioja Seleccion Personal 750ml

$69.47

I also tasted the 2016 Selección Personal next to the 2015. 2016 was a higher-yielding year, and the wine might be a bit lighter and fresher even if the analytical data doesn't show significant differences. The wine matured in French barrique for...

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Lopez de Haro 2018 Rosado 750ml
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Lopez de Haro 2018 Rosado 750ml

$19.91 $17.92

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 2012 Imperial Gran Reserva 750ml

$90.99

(aged for three years in American and French oak and then held back for four years before release) Vivid ruby-red. Smoky oak-accented red berries, cherry pit, incense and mocha aromas show outstanding clarity and vivacity. Sweet, expansive,...

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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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Vina Eguia 2015 Rioja Rosado 750ml

$9.47

Bright, peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rime with ‘eye of partridge’ hues. The nose is fresh and light, slightly reserved with aromas of strawberries, cranberries, watermelon and pomegranate, the aromatics forming a solid...

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La Rioja Alta 2009 Vina Ardanza Reserva 750ml

$67.74

Vintages for Viña Ardanza seem to be going fast. It seems like yesterday that the 2001 was released and now the 2008 Viña Ardanza is already here. This is the first vintage when they have been able to use the fruit from their new Garnacha...

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La Rioja Alta 2012 Vina Arana Gran Reserva 750ml

$86.86

2012 was an unusual vintage in Rioja, as it was warm and dry, but the wines are fresher than those from 2011. Th 2012 Viña Arana Gran Reserva shows that character, as it's ripe and has concentration but is quite balanced. There are some creamy...

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