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Rioja is Spain’s answer to Bordeaux: a famous region of serious reds. Like Bordeaux it is a river basin near the Atlantic, though more elevated and inland, staying hot and dry in the rain shadow of hills just to the north. The great majority of wines are red blends dominated by the spicy and tannic grape, Tempranillo, whose berry fruit, leather and tobacco notes mesh nicely with the flavours of long oak aging that are a trademark of the region. Top Rioja carries the cedar note of French oak but the coconut-vanilla infusion of American oak is more traditional. Oak also defines the local wine hierarchy, with ‘Joven’ (young) seeing no oak, ‘Crianza’ having one year in oak and one year in bottle, and ‘Reserva’ adding to this year in oak with at least two years in bottle before release.   

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  1. 2016 Vina Zorzal El Inquilino Rioja

    2016 Vina Zorzal El Inquilino Rioja

    91 Points John Caro
    A beautifully modern and accessible Spanish red, grown with organic practices in the famous Rioja region. Vina Zorzal are based in the neighbouring region of Navarro, and named this wine to ...
    $22.99 in mixed 6+ or $25.99 per bottle
  2. 2018 Muga Rioja Rosado (Rose)

    2018 Muga Rioja Rosado (Rose)

    92 Points John Caro
    Not only delicious, this is all class. A properly dry palate with bright, nuanced aromatics. It is our biggest selling Rose but has strict allocations worldwide, so we can never get enough to ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. 2018 Muga Rioja Blanco

    2018 Muga Rioja Blanco

    91 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. Hardly 'oaky' though, ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2016 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    Rick’s Picks
    91 Points John Caro
    A rich and satisfying red from a modern producer in the stunning Ribera Del Duero, Spain. Lovely ripe Tempranillo delivers lashings of dark berries and spice, with a rich body and earth-bound ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Torre de Ona San Martin Rioja Crianza

    2016 Torre de Ona San Martin Rioja Crianza

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A classy and complex Rioja for a very cheap price. Torre de Ono is owned by legends of the traditional Rioja style, La Rioja Alta, although this is from a single estate in Rioja Alavesa region. ...
    $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  6. 2015 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    2015 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    John’s Picks
    93 Points John Caro
    A fine and elegant Rioja from a unique producer. Remelluri is the family estate of Telmo Rodrigues, a legend of Spanish wine whose reputation is hard to overstate. This label is both a departure ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  7. 2015 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    2015 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A ripe and succulent Rioja from a legendary producer. Telmo Rodrigues is a leader in modern pan-spanish wine, but his home is this established Rioja estate called Remelluri. Along with his ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  8. 2015 Callejo Crianza

    2015 Callejo Crianza

    92 Points John Caro
    This rich Tempranillo from Callejo is a beautiful example – rich, oaky and structured with fine tannins. Full body reflects this Ribera Del Douro climate – and the wood characters from ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  9. 2015 Muga Reserva Rioja

    2015 Muga Reserva Rioja

    94 Points Jeb Dunnuck
    One of our biggest selling Rioja, the Muga Reserva hits that perfect balance of modern and traditional. The fruit is clean and perfect, in a lush and bright and slightly spicy style, but elegant ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    2016 Artadi Rioja Vinas De Gain

    Organic
    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A plump, modern-style Rioja with lots of structure and texture. Deep layers of pithy, salty and oaky complexity are wrapped up in ripe fruit and body to very serious and charismatic effect. A ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

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