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Spain’s Famed Plains: Collecting La Rioja

There is, perhaps, no Spanish winemaking region more prominent than La Rioja. A province in the north, La Rioja is home to the country’s most well-known wines, many of which have stood the test of time. This can be a collector’s region, and most of the wines hailing from La Rioja fall into four distinct categories: Joven, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. The latter three are highly regulated due to the country’s wine laws and must be aged according to standards set by the Denominación de Origen (D.O.), the Spanish regulatory classification system for wines. For these three types of wines, two-, three-, and five-year minimums of oak aging are required, followed by subsequent bottle aging. The Joven Riojas, on the other hand, are youthful wines, aged for only a short time—under a year—before bottling. Typically bottled unoaked or slightly oaked and designed for quaffing, the Jovens are made in an easy-drinking style, perfect for taking home and opening immediately over dinner. Though wines from La Rioja are primarily red, whites and rosés also exist—but don’t disregard them as unworthy of your vintage attention: many are fit for aging. We’ve chosen a mixed lot of these wines, including back vintages of some outstanding producers that are worth adding to your collection.

 
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Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva, Lopez de Heredia - 1994

Red | Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta | (750 )mL
In an extraordinary vintage that garnered little acclaim upon release, this Gran Reserva has aged incredibly gracefully, offering up a delicate, floral nose and black cherry and wild berries on the palate.

Item #27486
  • Single Bottle:
    $99.99

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Limited Production: Only 1 bottle(s) per customer

Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva, Lopez de Heredia - 1999

White | Spain, Rioja | (750 )mL
A highly aromatic wine, with baked apricot and hazelnuts and dead yeast lees rounding off to a finish of tangy caramel on the ever evolving palate.

Item #25346
  • Single Bottle:
    $47.99
  • Case of 12:
    $575.88 $518.29
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Marqués de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial - 2005

Red | Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alavesa | (750 )mL
Only made in stellar vintages and a wine that's equally complex as it is unique. Full of cherries, leather, chestnuts and spice. A wine with incredible character that's drinking well but can still be stored for years.

Item #49534
  • Single Bottle:
    $92.99
  • Case of 6:
    $557.94 $502.15
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Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva, Lopez de Heredia - 1991

White | Spain, Rioja | (750 )mL
Lopez de Heredia excels in their production of white wines. A blend of Viura & Malvasia from the vineyard Tondonia. Notes of caramel, roasted coffee bean & white pear.

Item #14983
  • Single Bottle:
    $99.99
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    $1199.88 $1079.89
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Staff Pick

Muga Prado Enea, Gran Reserva - 2000

Red | Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta | (750 )mL
This traditional Rioja is rich and velvety smooth with fine, dusty tannins and showing black cherry and hints of cassis. It has an earthy side with accents of tar, licorice and a slight bit of mushroom.

Item #59024
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