Rioja Alavesa Wine

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This area in the northern part of the region is the smallest of the La Rioja subzones. The high altitude of the vineyards with cool temperatures coupled with soil rich in clay and limestone contribute to produce wine that is deep, complex and ageworthy.
 
Most of the wine is red, and produced from Tempranillo. This is often blended with Garnacha, Graciano and/or Mazuelo. Some dry and fruity white wine is also produced from Viura (Macabeo). 
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  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Grenache

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  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Chardonnay

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  • Sangiovese

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  • D - he didn't really overstep IMHO. But his book has really limited appeal ... wine from Burgos and from Rioja Alavesa. But that's simply from familiarity. Some people can't distinguish Rioja from Ribera del Duero, or Tempranillo from Cab. But many people are much more astute - you were at Brian's where Mike Smith could identify wine from spec... Read More

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  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2007

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005

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    Enjoyed two bottles with group of 5. With charcoal broiled rib eyes. Has improved since last taste 2012. Soft, integrated, lovely balance. Autumn leaves. No rough edges. At its apogee but will stay fine with proper storage. These bottles are why we love reds able to age gracefully. Read More

    Wine review by chapspot


  • Casado Morales Rioja Eme Graciano 2009

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    Dark almost black plum color in the glass. Musty, smoky nose with hints of black fruit. Almost cabernet-like flavors on the tonguecassiswith some spiciness. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon comparison has been made, this is not as full-bodied as thatmore in the range of a Syrah. Some hints of anise flavor, and some black cherry. Moderate acid an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... is a 100% Graciano from the Rioja Alavesa subregion.  It seems that Rioja Altas and Rioja Bajas are fairly easy to find.  So, this was a new adventure for me.  One thing I like about Spanish wines, besides the price, is that they don't hit you in the face with big fr... Read More

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  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2009

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    High acid - almost bitter. Ok after breathing Read More

    Wine review by wafricke


  • Bodegas Eguia Vin Eguia Reserva 2007

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    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Riserva 2001

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    Wine review by mark


  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Riserva 2001

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    Sweet and intensely fruity on the nose. The jammy full red fruit recalls gummy bears! Theres integrate oak spice here that lends a rather cinnamon tone to the nose, but ultimately reveals a very deep and complex array of aromatics. A touch soft in the mouth, this exhibits lovely richness. The framing spices of the nose help to delineate the rich... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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