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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.

1976 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva

WS  93   
WA  92   

1981 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva

WA  95   
VN  93   
5 available
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1981 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage

WA  95   
VN  93   

2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

WA  96   
VN  94   
10 available
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2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

WA  96   
VN  94   
3 available
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2011 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

JS  95   
WA  93   
2 available
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2011 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado

Light label condition issue

JS  95   
WA  93   

2002 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva

1.5ltr

WS  92   

1954 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva

Heavy capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; 5.5 cm ullage; label condition issue

WA  95   

2000 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos

Light label condition issue

RP  94   
ST  90   
5 available
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2014 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Light label condition issue

JS  96   
2 available
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2015 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva

Light label condition issue

JD  94   
WA  92   
WE  92   
2 available
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2015 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Selection Especial

JS  96   
JD  95   
WA  94   
WS  93   
10 available
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2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Selection Especial

JD  94   
WS  92   
9 available
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2015 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Reserva

WS  92   
WS  #40 of 2019   

2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial

WA  95   
6 available
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2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial

WA  95   
4 available
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2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial

WA  95   
3 available
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2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva Especial

WA  95   
2 available
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2009 Vicente Gandia Camboral Rioja Reserva

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2011 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan

WA  93   
VN  92   
3 available
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2012 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan

WE  94   
WA  93+    
VN  93   
WS  90   
JR  17.5   
6 available
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2013 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan

WA  93   
WE  93   
VN  91   
WS  90   
JR  17   
6 available
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2014 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan Clásico

WA  92+    
VN  92   
WE  92   
6 available
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2009 Faustino I Tinto Gran Reserva

WE  93   
JS  92   
2 available
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