If you’ve been reading some of my recent coverage of Rioja, you should not be surprised to find these wines featured so prominently here. Not only are the wines delicious on release, they are ready to improve in the bottle for years to come. As such, they are ideal wines to begin a cellar with.
One of the issues with more expensive wines for the cellar is they often taste like hell warmed over when young. These Rioja Reservas all exhibit rich ripe fruit and the classic tell-tale oak that is one of the signature elements of the Rioja taste profile.
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