Rioja: Crianza to Gran Reserva

If you’re thinking of Rioja as a monolithic wine, think again; Rioja has many different—yet equally delicious—styles that are the result of vineyard elevation, traditional vs. modern methods, and aging practices. In fact, Spanish wine law focuses squarely on the issue of aging. The terms Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva are highly-regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine is aged in oak prior to its release. All Rioja is therefore conveniently labeled to indicate generally uniform flavor profiles: “Vino joven” is literally “young wine” and is fresh and fruity; “Crianza” has a body similar to a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon; “Reserva” is a bit more brawny but still balanced with generous fruit; and “Gran Reserva” is the most structured and high-tannin of the bunch.
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White | Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alavesa | 750 mL
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Red | Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alavesa | 750 mL
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