$32.34
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Baron De Ley Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - 2010 is not an easy act to follow, but the 2011 Gran Reserva does a nice job. It's a classical, balsamic, developed and tasty blend of...
91WA
$285.94
$288.94
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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...
96WA
94ST
$37.94
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Bodegas La Emperatriz Finca La Emperatriz Terruno 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Vivid ruby. Smoke- and mineral-accented dark berries and cherry-vanilla on the perfumed nose. Powerful cherry liqueur and floral...
92VM
90JS
$17.95
$19.94
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Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Blackberry with some granite-like, savory notes and black tea, too. The palate is full-bodied and lightly chewy. Needs a year or two to...
92JS
$27.50
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$28.39
$31.54
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Finca Allende Rioja Allende 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Vivid ruby-red. An expansive bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, cherry compote, vanilla and tobacco. A sexy floral nuance emerges...
92VM
$19.14
$20.44
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Hacienda Lopez De Haro Gran Reserva 2011 750ml

Bright cherry-red colour and a rim with roof tile tones. High aromatic intensity, clean and sound. complex on the nose with coffee, vanilla, roast...
$23.69
$24.94
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$54.85
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Senorio De Cuzcurrita Rioja 2011 1.5Ltr

Rated 93 - Opaque ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry-cola, cured tobacco and incense, with a bright mineral...
93JS
$28.95
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Vina Bujanda Rioja Gran Reserva 2011 750ml

Rated 91 - Deep red. Aromas of dried cherry and red berries are complemented by suggestions of succulent herbs and coconut. Chewy and focused on...
91VM

2011 La Rioja Spain

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.

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.