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Marques De Murrieta Rioja Reserva Finca Ygay 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - The blend for the 2010 Rioja Reserva varies depending on the growing season. In the warm and ripe 2009 it was 93% Tempranillo, 4%...
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Olarra Rioja Classico Riserva 2009 750ml

Rated 97+ - Elegant and floral, with classic Rioja scents of sweet raspberries and plums with a hint of earth and spice. Good smooth fruit on the...
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Palacios Remondo Rioja La Montesa 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - It's interesting to compare the 2010 with the 2011 Finca La Montesa, which has a slightly different blend - 70% Garnacha, 25%...

Rioja Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.