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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).

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    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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    Bodegas Roda, Rioja Roda Reserva 2015

    94 points James Suckling"Really polished and fine with dark-berry, chocolate, cedar and spice character. Full body. Round and chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Lovely length and focus. Drink now." 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate“The...

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  • 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...

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  • Olivier Rivière, Rayos Uva 2017

    Coming from France, Olivier has an innate sense of terroir. Unlike many of his peers in Rioja, he bases his cuvées not on political boundaries or the length of barrel aging but on terroir. He believes in a quality hierarchy inspired by Burgundy...

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  • Telmo Rodriguez, Corriente Rioja 2016

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate“The entry-level red from Rioja 2016 Corriente is always a sure value, but the 2016 is truly exceptional, possibly the finest vintage they have bottled to date. It’s floral and aromatic, very elegant and...

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    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 focused,...

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