Rioja

Rioja
One of only two Denominación de Origen Calificada regions (the highest classification of Spanish wine) in Spain, Rioja flies the flag for Spanish wine worldwide. Made from the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes, the red wines are famous for their heavily oak-influenced flavours. Rioja red wines are available in four categories, each signifying the amount of oak barrel ageing the wine has undergone: Rioja has spent less than a year in oak, Crianza at least two years ageing with at least one year in oak, Rioja Reserva must be aged three years with at least one in oak, and Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged two years in oak and three years in bottle.
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  1. Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2012

    A well-rounded, harmonious Reserva, with a very deep and elegant bouquet. It has a clean, complex nose. This is a powerful and full-bodied red from the famous Serres estate in Haro.

    Gold Medal: Berliner Wine Trophy (2011 vintage)

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  2. Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Armentia Y Madrazo, 2012

    A lovely Rioja wine made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months, this wine has elegant aromas of mature dark fruit, spice and mineral notes. On the palate it is silky, elegant and has a great length.

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  3. Onomastica Blanco, Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2012

    The grapes from this wine come from a single selection of vines that are 40 years old, in the centre of Finca El Estanque vineyard. Aged for 24 months in oak barrels, this wine has aromas of white fruits, citrus, honey and butter. Well rounded, fleshy fruit as well as a lively, crisp, luscious and a complex finish.

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