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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 Hacienda El Ternero Rioja Blanco

    2016 Hacienda El Ternero Rioja Blanco

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    90 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    An amazing special on a really complex and layered Spanish white. Made entirely from the classic Viura grape, its refined fruit is layered over by nutty wooded notes along with a "balsamic" ...
    Elsewhere up to $29.99 Save $10 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Hacienda El Ternero Torno Rioja Crianza Rouge

    2014 Hacienda El Ternero Torno Rioja Crianza Rouge

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    90 Points John Caro
    A smooth and compex Spanish red for a heavily discounted price. Grown in a sunny enclave in the heart of Rioja, this delicious cuvee offers ripe red fruit with a silky roundess and toastiness ...
    $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  3. 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. ...
    Elsewhere up to $29.99 Save $8 $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  4. 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
  5. 2018 Callejo Flores de Callejo

    2018 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
  6. 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
  7. 2012 Torre de Ona Martelo Rioja Reserva

    2012 Torre de Ona Martelo Rioja Reserva

    94 Points Jamie Goode
    A seriously superb modern Rioja, owned by legends La Rioja Alta. These old-school producers purchased this estate in the neighbouring sub-region of Rioja Alavesa. The Martelo Riserva is only ...
    $65.99 in mixed 6+ or $73.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Artadi Valdegines

    2016 Artadi Valdegines

    95 Points John Caro
    Seriously bright and expressive, the Valdegines from Artadi is a single vineyard premium Rioja. Showing more Atlantic than Mediterranean influences, it is a rare cooler take on the Tempranillo ...
    $84.99 in mixed 6+ or $94.99 per bottle
  9. 2010 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

    2010 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

    98 Points James Suckling
    Supreme old school Rioja, like a time warp to the finest Spanish red of forty years ago. La Rioja Alta pride themselves on traditional style, never bowing to drink-young fashion. This wine had ...
    $100.00 in mixed 6+ or $110.00 per bottle
  10. 2011 Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva

    2011 Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva

    John’s Picks
    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    This is a stunning Rioja from an ancient and unique estate. The owner Telmo Rodriguez is famous for his innovative approaches to deep tradition, yet models this as a classical and old-school ...
    $100.00 in mixed 6+ or $110.00 per bottle

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