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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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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 Rioja Tempranillo

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.