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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. 2017 Muga Rioja Rosado (Rose)

    2017 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
  2. 2017 Muga Rioja Blanco

    2017 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' ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. 2014 Cune (Cvne) Rioja Crianza

    2014 Cune (Cvne) Rioja Crianza

    90 Points James Suckling
    A bright-fruited Crianza red from a top Rioja house. With some dark fruits backing up a juicy and red-fruited style, this is an effortless and versatile companion to any kind of cuisine. From a ...
    $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 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
  6. 2014 Cune (Cvne) Rioja Reserva

    2014 Cune (Cvne) Rioja Reserva

    John’s Picks
    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A definitive Reserva from a top house, this is deliciously bright and fresh but with a fine tannin structure and elegant. Perfect food red, this staple of the cellar or cupboard will suit an ...
    $32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle
  7. 2014 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    2014 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    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 ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  8. 2014 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    2014 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    92 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 ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  9. 2013 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    2013 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

    92 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 ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  10. 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 ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

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