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Baron De Ley Rioja Reserva 2010 750ml

Rated 95+ - Closed but layered, seriously stylish and focused. Pure, black fruit, intense palate, beautifully controlled, velvety ripe tannins,...
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Benjamin Romeo Contador 2011 750ml

Rated 96 - The 2011 Contador is a compact, tight-knit wine, serious and backward that needs plenty of air. It's still a baby showing the typical...
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Benjamin Romeo La Vina De Andres 2011 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2011 La Vina de Andres Romero always has a riper character than Cueva del Contador and 2011 is no exception as it's more open,...
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Benjamin Romeo Predicador Rioja 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - Bright violet color. Pungent scents of dark berry preserves and flowers are complemented by suggestions of woodsmoke and licorice. Sweet...
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Bodegas Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 750ml

Rated 91 - This harmonious red is dense and lively, with plum, licorice, smoke and mineral flavors supported by moderate tannins and fresh acidity....
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Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja Reserva Vina Pomal 2010 750ml

Rated 90 - There might be more balsamic and cigar-ash aromas in the 2010 Viña Pomal Reserva compared to the selection of 106 barrels. They were...
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Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Terruno 2010 750ml

Rated 93 - Cropped from a fresh vintage with good ripeness and balance, the 2010 Finca la Emperatriz Terruño could well be my favorite wine from...
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Bodegas Lan Rioja Culmen Reserva 2010 750ml

Rated 91 - The bottle of the 2010 Culmen Reserva looks and weighs like a magnum, but its 750ml. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano,...

La Rioja 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.