Rioja

La Rioja is undoubtedly the most famous of the Spanish appellations, and one of only two (with Priorat) to benefit from the rank of DOC. Located in the south of the Basque Country, in the administrative region of the same name, it has benefited since the 19th century from close ties established with Bordeaux to modernize its production well before the Spanish wine revolution of the 1980s. The red wines of Rioja have continued to strengthen their image to position themselves among the best wines in the world. Located on the upper Ebro River and bordered by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Sierra de la Demanda, its vineyard covers almost 63,000 hectares. Differences in altitude and climate have led to a subdivision into three sub-regions (Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja) which offer Tempranillo in structured or more flexible versions. This great Iberian vine, well adapted to barrel aging, capable of producing great aging wines, can be blended with Grenache, which likes the hottest areas (Rioja Baja).

  • Benjamin Romeo Predicador Blanco 2013

    Benjamin Romeo Predicador Blanco 2013

    91 points James Suckling   "A ripe white with so much cooked apple and vanilla character. Full body and pie crust flavors. Opulent and exciting."   90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate   "The 2013 Predicador Blanco, a...

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  • Gómez Cruzado, Reserva 2011

    Gómez Cruzado, Reserva 2011

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The Tempranillo used for the 2011 Reserva came from the cooler zones of the appellation, which nicely counterbalanced the heat and ripeness of the year. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts...

    $27.99
  • Hazana, Vinas Viejas, 2015

    Hazana, Vinas Viejas, 2015

    91 points Jeb Dunnuck "A custom cuvée made by Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan, the 2015 Hazana Vinas Viejas is a classic, old school styled effort based on 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano aged 10 months in French and American oak. With...

    $12.99
  • La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2008

    La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2008

    95 points Decanter   "The best classic style of Grenache and Tempranillo pulling together joyful fruit expression and serious depth. In the mouth it is amazingly complex and so unique. A benchmark Rioja blend. A rich, sweet and savoury...

    $18.99
  • La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2009

    La Rioja Alta, Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2009

    96 points James Suckling "Very fresh and vivid 2009 with berries, dark spice and hints of walnuts. Full-bodied, reserved and so held back and muscular, but you don’t feel the tannins and the strength. A great wine. Give it two or three years...

    $33.99
  • PALACIOS REMONDO, LA VENDIMIA 2015

    PALACIOS REMONDO, LA VENDIMIA 2015

    90 points Wine Spectator   "This red shows good density, with black cherry, plum, espresso and black olive flavors mingling over firm tannins and balsamic acidity. Stays balanced and focused through the smoky finish. Drink now through 2027...

    $16.99
  • TELMO RODRIGUEZ, LANZAGA RIOJA 2009

    TELMO RODRIGUEZ, LANZAGA RIOJA 2009

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate   "The 2009 Lanzaga possesses outstanding clarity on the nose with mineral-rich red currant and Morello aromas that exude Burgundy-like purity. The bouquet is underpinned by a very...

    $35.99
  • Viña Herminia, Rioja Crianza 2014

    Viña Herminia, Rioja Crianza 2014

    Wine Enthusiast "Aromas of raw oak, vanilla and cherry settle with airing, but this Rioja feels a bit wiry and choppy. Plum, berry and oak flavors finish well, with bright acidity paving the way." (9/2017) Previous Vintage Review https://www...

    $16.99