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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cola and smoky minerals , along with a suave floral overtone. Silky and...
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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva Unica 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Energetic and focused, this red delivers cherry and cranberry flavors that are zippy and fresh, with notes of licorice, smoke and game...
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Telmo Rodriguez Rioja Lz 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Bright purple. Aromas of dried cherry, cassis, licorice and vanilla, with a smoky overtone and a suggestion of cracked pepper. Juicy and...
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Vina Bujanda Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 750ml

Rated 90 - Deep red. The expansive nose offers aromas of dried red fruits, cured tobacco, vanilla and woodsmoke. Gently sweet and broad on entry,...
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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...
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Vinedos De Paganos Rioja Gran Reserva El Puntido 2006 750ml

Rated 95 - Aromas of spice, bark, dark fruits and perfumes. Very floral. Full-bodied, round and velvety with a clarity and transparency to the...

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.