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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  • Graciano

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

  • Grenache

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  • Tempranillo

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Chardonnay

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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,...

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  • Valserrano Mazuelo 2009

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    Very much an earthy nose. Quite big under the palate. Some black fuitsurprisingly similar to the currant of Cabernet Sauvignonon entry. Still some very serious tannin mid-palate. A very pleasant suggestion of vanilla (oak?) towards the rear palate. Interestingly, enough, after a few sips, the tannin is less noticeable and the wine seems to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Balance. Nice bit of red fruitiness with good acidity and finishes with drying tannins and a bit of vanilla. Nothing overpowering. Good by itself. Good with food. What more can you ask from a wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Luis Canas Rioja Crianza 2014

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    Deep cherry color. Tastes of strawberries, cherries, a bit of vegetal/herbaceous notes, plus tobacco and oak. Slight grippy texture. Fresh and tasty flavours. Leathery, black-fruit, berry flavors that taste roasted and come with a little burn. The finish drops of a little. Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2007

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    rich fruits with medium oak, a bit of structure Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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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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