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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).

  • Rioja Blanco

    Izadi, Rioja Blanco 2019

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The surprising white 2019 Blanco has all the white grapes you can imagine—Garnacha Blanca, Maturana Blanca, Torrontés, Viura, Malvasía and Tempranillo Blanco—fermented in different...

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  • Rioja

    Bodegas Artuke, Rioja 2019

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The approachable and affordable 2019 Artuke is the only 2019 bottled, and it can give us an idea of what's to come: softer wines that are gentle and can be enjoyed early on... This would be a village red from...

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    Bodega Lanzaga, (Telmo Rodriguez) LZ Rioja 2019

    94 points James Suckling"Very pretty and aromatic with plum and orange peel with floral undertones. Medium to full body, with very fine tannins and a beautiful, fine-grained finish. Drinkable now, but a year or two will real show it off. From organically...

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  • Gran Reserva Rioja

    Marques de Murrieta, Gran Reserva Rioja 2012

    94 points James Suckling“Let the dark nose with its licorice, soy sauce, smoke and earthy notes draw you into the deep, concentrated palate, where the serious tannins have just matured to the point where there is a graceful line right through the...

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  • Rioja Crianza

    R. Lopez de Heredia, Vina Cubillo Crianza 2012

    95 points James Suckling"Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit and walnut in the aftertaste. Goes on for minutes. Fantastic...

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  • Rioja Tempranillo

    Sierra Cantabria, Seleccion 2017

    90 points Vinous"(fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels, all used) Deep ruby. Cassis, cherry, licorice and a subtle vanilla nuance on the smoke-tinged nose. Chewy and focused on the palate,...

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    Izadi, Seleccion Rioja 2012

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The 2012 Selección is obviously a selection from their best vineyards, mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano aged mostly in French barriques (75%) for some 16 months. This is officially a 'Reserva'. The wine...

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  • Spanish Red Wine

    Izadi, Rioja Reserva 2016

    94 points James Suckling"Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. Full-bodied with very tight, refined tannins that are focused and impressive. I like the texture and definition to the wine, as well as the complex...

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