Rioja

"In a nutshell: Spain's most famous red...

Rioja has traditionally been American oak's most expressive ambassador. The wine is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) grapes aged for a considerable number of years in the sweet, vanilla-scented warmth of small American oak barrels. The result of this prolonged ageing was to allow a high proportion of phenolics to be left behind in the bottom of the barrel, making bottled rioja a relatively pale, gentle, soft wine reminiscent of strawberries and stewed fruit. It was this flattering, easily appreciated character, and the fact that fully mature examples did not cost very much, that made Rioja the first non-French wine to woo non-Spanish wine drinkers in the late 1970s" - Jancis Robinson

 

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  • Bozeto de Exopto Rioja 2018

    Bozeto de Exopto Rioja 2018

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    The just-bottled red 2018 Bozeto de Exopto is a superb young and fruit-driven blend. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in stainless steel, concrete and oak containers with indigenous yeasts and matured for six months, the Garnacha in concrete,...

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    Current stock: 21

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  • Lindes de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vincente 2012

    Lindes de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vincente 2012

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "The 2012 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de San Vicente de la Sonsierra is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano. The grapes are purchased from growers from the neighboring village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most important in Rioja...

    Current stock: 2

    $58.00
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  • Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2018

    Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2018

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "The blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo had been in bottle for a little over one month when I tasted it, yet it felt harmonious and expressive. It’s a juicy and fruit-driven 50/50 blend of the two grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts...

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    Current stock: 12

    $38.00
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  • Urbina Vinos Gran Reserva Especial 1996

    Urbina Vinos Gran Reserva Especial 1996

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "Urbina are a fascinating mix of Rioja via location and terroir specifics and Rioja via winemaking (the Reserva etcetera fetish for wood and racking). The Reserva is aged as much as 2-3 years in mixed FR/US casks.  Urbina wines have an incredibly...

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    $98.00
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  • Urbina Vinos Reserva Especial 2005

    Urbina Vinos Reserva Especial 2005

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "Urbina are a fascinating mix of Rioja via location and terroir specifics and Rioja via winemaking (the Reserva etcetera fetish for wood and racking). Urbina wines have an incredibly distinct style: They are gamey, elegant, spare, red berry wines of...

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    $70.00
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  • Valencisco Rioja Reserva 2012

    Valencisco Rioja Reserva 2012

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "Valenciso's all-Tempranillo Reserva is drawn from 18 parcels on clay-limestone soils, all within a ten-kilometre radius of the winery in Ollauri. Showing the freshness, balance and precision that's a feature of the bodega's style, this is graceful,...

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    Current stock: 18

    $62.00
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  • Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2017

    Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2017

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    “Alvaro’s precise-yet-barely-tutored wines always speak gently but unfailingly of the earth in which they grow: red-black fruits in red dirt bespeak this, the jewel vineyard of Rioja Baja. Awesome, softly gloving fruit tannin is the heart from which...

    Current stock: 4

    $35.00
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