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Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Oriental produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

Fresh and fruity Rioja wines labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged for one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two, but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.

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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012 Front Label
    El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rose 2010
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2017  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2016  Front Label
    Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Contino Rioja Reserva 2015  Front Label
    Contino Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2016  Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Pagos de Vina Real 2016  Front Label
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    Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Era Costana Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2017  Front Label
    Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2017
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2017  Front Label
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  • CVNE Crianza 2017  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015  Front Label
    Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja 2015
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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    Hacienda Lopez de Haro Crianza 2017
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