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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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  • Bodegas Urbina Seleccion 2000  Front Label
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2011  Front Label
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011  Front Label
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2011  Front Label
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2012  Front Label
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012 Front Label
    La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja White Vina Gravonia Crianza 2012  Front Label
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    R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2012
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Hermanos Pecina Reserva 2013  Front Label
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  • Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva 2014 Front Label
    Torre de Ona by La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Contino Gran Reserva 2014  Front Label
    Contino Gran Reserva 2014
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  • Bodegas Obalo Rioja Reserva 2014  Front Label
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  • Hermanos Pecina Cosecha Blanco 2014 Front Label
    Hermanos Pecina Cosecha Blanco 2014
    Viura from Rioja, Spain
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  • Vina Bujanda Reserva 2014  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2014 Front Label
    Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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