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Rioja - Spanish Wine
The oldest officially denominated wine region of Spain, Rioja producers make red, white, and rosé wines, but the reds are the most important. The wines are predominantly Tempranillo, but Garnacha and two other grapes play smaller roles.
Typical Rioja reds spend several years aging before release. At the Crianza level, the wines must age for 2 years, at least one in barrel. The Reservas must age for at least 3 years (generally longer), at least 2 years in barrel. Gran Reservas must age for at least 5 years before release (most are aged considerably longer), at least 3 years in barrel. The barrels have traditionally been of older, neutral oak, though some producers are now using new, small barrels to give a more international style to their wines.
Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.2009: 89 Points - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator: ... more
The reserva wines of Marqués de Riscal are made principally from Tempranillo vines which are over 15 years old. This is a variety that ages well in wood, producing wines with a good tannic structure, colour and acidity. . The reserva wines of Riscal more
Viña Alberdi is a great value in Rioja from an old-school producer that still ages the wine before releasing it. It’s well shaped and structured with classic Rioja flavors of spicy red fruit framed by the mellow vanilla of American oak. I’m not ... more
A Rioja in the sin crianza style, this
youthful, medium-bodied red offers ripe
strawberry and cherry fruit with savory
complexity and toast on the finish.... more
Fresh, red fruits, mineral, sauvage, and floral; Medium bodied, well-structured, earthy, round fruitAbel names his cuvées after the soil types found in his vineyards. The Pedregoso cuvée (pedregoso translates to stony soil) is fermented in whole ... more
2005: 87 Points
- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
: "This chewy red shows gamy and earthy notes framing plum, warm stone and leather flavors. Offers good grip—and a distinctive profile—in a rustic style. "
2005: 90 ... more
A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% each Graciano and mazuelo. Aged 14 months in oak, this crianza is balance with soft tannins and a superb finish. This is the perfect Crianza for any occasion.... more
This supple red shows berry, spice and light herbalflavors, with accents of vanilla. An easy-drinking example of the traditional style. Drink now2008: 86 Points
- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
: "Light but focused, this red has ... more
This focused red shows good density, a restrained character and solid depth, offering plum, espressoViña Herminia Reserva is a wine created to continue evolving over time.
Tasting: an intense ruby colour with red brick tones. Aromas of jam, spices, more
100% sensational Rioja. It's easy to get good Rioja but it's very difficult to get great Rioja at this price. Forget Crianza, Reserva etc. etc., this Zaco is made from perfect fruit aged for nine months in new French and American oak. It's a pure ... more
Cubillo Crianza 2005
Tempranillo (65%), Garnacha (25%), the rest divided between Mazuelo and Graciano from the Cubillos Vineyard. Aged 3 years in barrel and 4-5 years in bottle.
Also available in 12/375ml.
The 2005 Cubillo Tinto ... more
2003: 92 Points
- Josh Raynolds, Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellars
: "Medium red. Ripe red fruit, flowers and spices on the nose, with a smoky nuance emerging with aeration; very fresh for this notoriously hot vintage. more
Color: Vibrant red leading slightly towards amber.
Nose: Light fresh texture with notes of vanilla and dried berry aromas.
Taste: Rich, very dry, smooth, developed. Firm tannins and balance.2001: 95 Points
- Neal Martin, Wine ... more
The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig more
Tasting notes: Brilliant red cherry with violet hues. Elegant ageing aromas with fruity notes. It develops a good balance at the palate coming from the sweet and elegant tannins.The 2008 Crianza is aged for 12 months in American and French oak. The ... more