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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.
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
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.Made from younger vines of Tempranillo, this is a wine that sings of cherries, tobacco, ... more
This wine comes from vineyards in Finca Ygay, in the Rioja Alta. Marqués de Murrieta reserva 2008 is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha Tinta, 6% Mazuelo and 1% Graciano. It ages for 20 months in American oak barrels of which at least 8 were ... more
On Sale $23.99
Wine Spectator, 90 Points:
Juicy and expressive, this lively red shows coffee and licorice notes that frame black cherry and currant flavors. The tannins are a bit chewy but resolve gracefully on the fruity finish. Drink now through 2020. ... 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 white shows bright, juicy flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon, with herbal and mineral accents. The texture is quite rich, but crisp, citrusy acidity keeps this lively. Drink now through 2017. 4,000 cases imported. -TM
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2009: 89 Points
- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
: "The 2009 Crianza in a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha and Mazuelo aged for 12 months in used barrels plus six months in bottle. It has a ripe bouquet of fresh strawberry ... more
On Sale $32.99
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
Viña Ilusión founders Martin Alonso and Gloria Plaza Medina came to Mount Isasa in a subzone of Rioja known as La Rioja Baja in 1992 and planted Tempranillo on their five-hectare vineyard. Avid followers of the “non-intervention” or “do-nothing” ... 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
Grape varieties: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Garnacha.
Ageing: In American and French oak barrels for at least 12 months, followed by 24 months in bottle.
Tasting notes: Brilliant ripe black cherry red colour with good depth. Fruity aromas more
We select the best grape and obtain the best wine after a painstaking process, producing long-lasting wines, in which the aromas and taste of ripe fruit mix together with balsamic sensations. Because of the necessary demands of quality in the ... more
This Reserva is made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha and Mazuelo. Aged for 18 months in oak. Intense ruby red with purple hues. Great intensity and vivacity, the oak is well integrated showing nuances of vanilla, blackberry marmalade and ... 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