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Bodegas Antano Rioja Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - This polished red offers cedar, tobacco, mineral and orange peel flavors that frame a core of dried cherry and black tea. Light, firm...
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Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2009 Reserva showed quite minty and balsamic with notes of camphor and star anise. The palate is quite compact showing good weight...
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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Rioja Mirto 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Mirto is a completely different animal, darker in color, with the smoky and toasted aromas of the oak in the foreground and the...
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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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Remirez Ganuza Fincas Da Ganuza Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 90 - Ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, vanilla and mocha on the highly perfumed nose. Plush and seamless on the palate, offering cherry vanilla...
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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 92 - Dark purple. Powerful, smoke-accented scents of red fruits, licorice, pipe tobacco and violet, lifted by vibrant mineral and peppery...
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Vinedos De Paganos Rioja El Puntido 2009 750ml

Rated 93 - (100% tempranillo, aged for 16 months in small French oak barrels): Deep, bright ruby. Sexy aromas of black and blue fruits, flowers...

2009 La Rioja Tempranillo

La Rioja is by far the most famous wine region of Spain, and remains one of the world's great wine producing regions, consistently offering deep, complex red wines of character and distinction, partly due to the fact that La Rioja benefits from excellent soils, rich in minerals and nutrients, and plenty of sunshine. The climatic conditions allow the fine grape varietals to reach full ripeness and express plenty of the best features of their terroir, making La Rioja wines some of the most interesting to have ever come out of Europe. The Cantabrian mountains to the north provide the perfect shelter from the colder, wetter influences of the Atlantic oceans, and in the beloved vineyards of La Rioja, wineries have been cultivating exceedingly flavorful Tempranillo grapes for generations for the inclusion in their fine single variety and blended wines.
There are plenty of notable native Spanish grapes which have made a big impression on the wine world at large, but none are as renowned or as widely loved as the Tempranillo varietal. This black skinned grape has been used for wine making for centuries, with several ancient civilizations noticing the fact that it is highly versatile and holds some delicious flavors and aromas, perfect for those looking for a powerful yet elegant grape for their wines. Tempranillo often causes winemakers some trouble, however, as it is highly susceptible to many diseases. Despite this, plenty continue to persevere with this varietal, as it is perfect for producing delicious and complex single variety and blended wines, packed full of classic Spanish flavors and plenty of aromatic and intense surprises.