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Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.

2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

WA  94   
VN  93   
WS  91   
4 available
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2001 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

WA  95   
VN  91   
WS  90   

2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

Light label condition issue

WA  94   

2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

WA  95   
JS  95   
10 available
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2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

JS  97   
WA  93   
5 available
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2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

6-bottle Lot

JS  97   
WA  93   

2005 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco

WA  95   
VN  93   
WS  91   
2 available
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2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva Blanco

JS  98   
5 available
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1970 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja

Capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; label condition issue

2007 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial

JS  96   
WA  95+    
WS  92   

2009 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial

WA  96   
JR  19   
JS  95   
VN  94   
15 available
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2009 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial

Light label condition issue

WA  96   
JR  19   
JS  95   
VN  94   

1970 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Etiqueta Blanca

Capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1970 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Etiqueta Blanca

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; label condition issue

1970 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Etiqueta Blanca

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; label condition issue

1971 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Etiqueta Blanca

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

1954 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Reserva

Top shoulder fill; label condition issue

2007 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos

6-bottle Lot, Wood Case

WA  95   

2012 Artadi Rioja Vina El Pison

6-bottle Lot, Wood Case

WA  97+    

2005 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Light label condition issue

WA  95   
VN  94   
3 available
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2006 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

JS  98   
WA  96   
WS  92   

2010 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Light label condition issue

WA  97   
JD  95   
WS  94   

2014 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

JS  96   
2 available
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2014 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

JS  96   
2 available
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2006 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

12-bottle Lot, Wood Case

Light label condition issue

JS  98   
WA  96   
WS  92