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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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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2008  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2008
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • CVNE Crianza 2017  Front Label
    CVNE Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 2016  Front Label
    Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 2016
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
    R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2011  Front Label
    Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2011
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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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
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2007 Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2014  Front Label
    Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2014
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Contino Gran Reserva 2014  Front Label
    Contino Gran Reserva 2014
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  • El Coto Crianza 2017  Front Label
    El Coto Crianza 2017
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Reserva 2016  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Urbina Seleccion 2000  Front Label
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    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Bodegas Urbina Crianza 2011  Front Label
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  • Siglo Gran Reserva 2009  Front Label
    Siglo Gran Reserva 2009
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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  • Conde de Hervias Torre del Conde de Hervias 2011 Front Label
    Conde de Hervias Torre del Conde de Hervias 2011
    Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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