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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 2013 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    2013 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

    93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    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
  5. 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
  6. 2014 Muga Reserva Rioja

    2014 Muga Reserva Rioja

    94 Points Tim Atkin MW
    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
  7. 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 9 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
  8. 2011 Remelluri Rioja Reserva

    2011 Remelluri Rioja Reserva

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A serious Rioja from an ancient estate and a highly in-demand winemaker. Remelluri is the family estate of the well-known champion of Spanish wine, Telmo Rodrigues. With a focus on biodiversity ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  9. 2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    2012 Callejo Majuelos de Callejo

    92 Points John Caro
    Ripe and silky, this vibrant old vine Tempranillo is from a fastidious producer who also happens to be a legend. And organic. With slurpy, sweet-fruited richness it's tempting to call it ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  10. 2012 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    2012 Muga Reserva Selection Especial Rioja

    95 Points James Suckling
    A voluptuous amd very special 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 ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle

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