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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.Wine Spectator, 88 Points
This round red offers more
A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavors.Wine Spectator, 85 Points:
Cherry, coffee and dried herb flavors ... more
On Sale $7.19
15% discount on 12 bottles for $81.48
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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