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Rioja is Spain’s answer to Bordeaux: its famous region for serious reds. Like Bordeaux this river basin is near the Atlantic but elevated and a little inland, staying hot and dry in the rain shadow of hills just to the north. Only 15% of its wines are delicious whites, while only 15% of blended reds are Garnacha (and Graciano, et al). The great bulk are red wines dominated by the spicy and tannic grape, Tempranillo, whose berry fruit, leather and tobacco notes mesh nicely with Rioja’s heavy use of oak. Top Rioja enjoys the cedar note of French oak but American oak is more traditional, valued for its more pronounced coconut-vanilla infusion. Oak also defines the local hierarchy with ‘Joven’ (young) wines getting none, ‘Crianza’ getting one year in oak and one year in bottle and ‘Reserva’ at least one in oak and two in bottle before release.   

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  1. 2016 Muga Rioja Blanco

    2016 Muga Rioja Blanco

    90 Points John Caro
    A beautiful white Rioja, Muga reject 50% of their superb fruit for this high quality white. It is mostly the Viura grape (Macabeo) fermented on fine lees in new French oak. But is hardly 'oaky' ...
    $23.99 in mixed 6+ or $26.99 per bottle
  2. 2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2015 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    91 Points John Caro
    A juicy and complex Tempranillo from Spanish stunners Callejo. Already full of ripe, succulent fruit – embellished by florals and savoury/tobacco notes – it also has the concentration to ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. 2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    2015 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    90 Points John Caro
    Luscious Tempranillo from a top producer who specialises in this local variety. From elevated vineyards between 450-700 metres, this is ripe and slurpy but bright and aromatic, with juicy fruits ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    2016 Artadi Rioja Tempranillo Crianza

    90 Points John Caro
    Luscious Tempranillo from a top producer who specialises in this local variety. From elevated vineyards between 450-700 metres, this is ripe and slurpy bu bright and aromatic, with juicy fruits ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  5. 2014 Callejo Crianza

    2014 Callejo Crianza

    92 Points John Caro
    This rich Tempranillo from Callejo is a beautiful example – rich, oaky and structured with fine tannins. Despite full body reflecting this Ribera Del Douro climate – and the wood characters ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $4 $35.99 per bottle
  6. 2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    2011 Callejo Finca Valdelroble

    92 Points John Caro
    Gorgeously lush and dark, this special drop from Callejo is one of the leading wines of Ribera del Duero. It is from an elevated site that was, strangely, earmarked for an airfield before the ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 per bottle
  7. 2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    2015 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    91 Points John Caro
    A plump, modern-style Rioja with lots of structure and texture. Many layers of pithy, salty and oaky complexity are wrapped up in ripe, warm, bright fruit and body to charismatic effect. A great ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Muga Rioja Rose Magnum 1500ml

    2016 Muga Rioja Rose Magnum 1500ml

    91 Points John Caro
    Not only delicious, this is all class. A properly dry palate with bright, nuanced aromatics. It is our biggest selling Rosé but has strict allocations worldwide, so we can never get enough to ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  9. 2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    2009 La Rioja Alta Reserva Vina Arana

    90 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Superbly aged Rioja Reserva that's 8 years old - for $40 odd! La Rioja Alta are a legendary producers of strictly traditional, aged, complex wines for a famously moderate price. This one has ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  10. 2011 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    2011 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A voluptuous red Rioja Reserva, this powerful old vine cuvee saw 26 months in barrel. With deep dark fruits and toasty oak it is rich and almost creamy in texture, with a beautiful balancing act ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle

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