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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
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
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
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
Made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, this wine embodies ripe fruit qualities with a perfect balance of acidity, supple roundness on the palate and a hint of new oak. The Marques de Murrieta vineyards on the 741-acre (300-hectare) ... 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
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
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
Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flVintage: 2004 94 Points
- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
: "Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla ... more
Lopez de Heredia
Gravonia Crianza White 2003
Aged four years in barrel and almost four in bottle before release. 100% Viura from the Zaconia vineyard, average around 45 years old. The poor stony soils face south and contribute to the wine’s ... 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
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
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
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
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