Criadores have a long history in the Rioja region, and are responsible in one way or another for around a third of all wine which carries the appellation's name. They supply well-made, modern versions of this Spanish classic.
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuela
Rioja is the leading Spanish wine region and the first to gain a DOCa classification (higher than DOC). 400km north of Madrid, Rioja is divided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Tempranillo is probably the most widely planted and produces its best wines grown on the clay and limestone slopes of the Rioja Alta and Alavesa, while Garnacha is the focus in the hotter (and sometimes drought-ridden) Rioja Baja
More to accompany a special dinner than for everyday drinking, these wines are showing more complex flavours and some will improve with a few more years of ageing. Includes Pinot Noir, a wine that tends to be lighter in colour, body and tannins because of the grape’s thin skin. As the wine matures it develops gamey characteristics and much fuller fruit flavours.
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