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Olivier Riviere Gabaxo 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - Spiced plum and cherry aromas get this live-wire Rioja going. A clawing palate with rubbery tannins needs time to settle. Toasty flavors...
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Olivier Riviere Gabaxo 2016 750ml

Rated 92 - A 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo, the 2016 Gabatxo had a perfumed, heady nose, but the palate has austerity and a serious...
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Olivier Riviere Losares 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - When I first tried a bottle of the 2013 Losares I was blown away. This is a field blend of Tempranillo with some Graciano and Mazuelo...
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Valenciso Rioja 10 Anos Despues Reserva 2007 750ml

Rated 93+ - A classical wine like the red from Valenciso is meant to age, so for a few years now, they have released small quantities of a red...
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Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - The elegant and balanced 2011 Reserva, cropped from a warm and dry year, was produced exclusively with Tempranillo grapes from the Haro...
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La Rioja Rioja Rioja Alta 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.