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Bodegas Del Marques De Vargas Rioja Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - (75% tempranillo, 10% mazuelo, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% garnacha): Saturated ruby. Assertive aromas of raspberry, rose oil and...
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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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Cvne Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2009 750ml

Rated 94 - Deep, bright ruby. Highly complex, expansive scents of ripe dark berries, cherry pie, mocha, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a smoky...
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Cvne Rioja Reserva Contino 2009 750ml

Rated 93 - The bulk of the production of the Contino estate goes to the 2009 Contino Reserva, a red produced with grapes harvested from their...
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Remirez Ganuza Fincas Da Ganuza Reserva 2009 750ml

Rated 90 - Ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, vanilla and mocha on the highly perfumed nose. Plush and seamless on the palate, offering cherry vanilla...
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Remirez Ganuza Trasnocho 2009 750ml

Rated 94 - Could it be that a red wine smells of petrol? That was my first impression when I put my nose in the glass of 2009 Trasnocho, a very...
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Senorio De Cuzcurrita Rioja 2009 750ml

Rated 92 - Deep, bright ruby. The nose displays an array of ripe red and dark berry scents, along with suggestions of cola, mocha and vanilla....
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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 La Rioja 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.