WINES : SPAIN : La Rioja

Outside of Burgundy and Bordeaux, no other red wines have the aging potential of traditional Riojas. And outside of Rioja, no other red wines have the aging potential as traditional Rioja at Rioja prices. A fine Rioja can go one hundred years and still have life (we know, we’ve tasted them!), but the entry fee is minimal when compared to wines of similar quality and gravitas.

And, an added benefit of Rioja is that the best wines (the Reservas and Gran Reservas) are only made in exceptional vintages. This means there’s no scratching your head over vintage charts or trolling websites trying to dig up weather conditions. Wineries like La Rioja Alta, Muga, Vina Real, Contino, Lopez de Heredia, and their peers, don’t make bad wines ever! On top of that, the wines are aged in barrel and in bottle before they are shipped from the wineries. So unlike Burgundy or Bordeaux, the wines are released and ready—if you choose—to begin enjoying the moment you pick up a bottle.

But even if the prices were high; even if we had to wait ten years with the wines in our cellars—we’d still do it. The unique flavor profile of Rioja—black cherries and raspberries married to spice and subtle coffee notes—is one we have to have in our lives. And more than that, we absolutely adore what happens to them over time—the secondary notes of leather and truffles, and their magical weightlessness is not comparable to the two Bs—it’s a special quality in and of itself.

So check out our comprehensive collection below—one of the best anywhere—and join us in celebrating one of the true, great wine regions in vinous history.

103 products in this category, displaying products 1 to 9.

La Rioja

90 IWC - Allende Rioja 2006 (750ML)

90 IWC - Allende Rioja 2006 (750ML)

$19.97

"Inky ruby. Extremely ripe nose offers powerful scents of roasted cherry and plum, along with dark chocolate and smoky h...

La Rioja

90 IWC - Vina Albina Reserva 2005 (750ML)

90 IWC - Vina Albina Reserva 2005 (750ML)

$20.49

Bright red. Peppery cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate, with a sweet vanilla quality adding complexity. Ripe...

La Rioja

90 WA - Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2007 (750ML)

90 WA - Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2007 (750ML)

$15.47

The 2007 Crianza was aged in seasoned French and American oak for 15 months before bottling without filtration. Smoke, l...

La Rioja

90WA- Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva Red 2007 (750ML)

90WA- Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva Red 2007 (750ML)

$19.97

The 2007 Reserva comes from a vintage considerably better than 2006. The wine has a similar cepage and elevage to the 20...

La Rioja

91 WA - San Vicente Rioja 2004 (750ML)

91 WA - San Vicente Rioja 2004 (750ML)

$40.97

The 2004 San Vicente is 100% Tempranillo Peludo sourced from a single vineyard and aged for 20 months in new French and ...

La Rioja

91IWC - Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano 2012(750ML)

91IWC - Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano 2012(750ML)

$9.47

(100% graciano; aged in French oak for 11 months): Opaque ruby. Sexy, high-toned cherry and blackcurrant aromas are co...

La Rioja

91IWC - Vina Albina Reserva Rioja 2006 .750L

91IWC - Vina Albina Reserva Rioja 2006 .750L

$20.97

(80% tempranillo, 15% mazuelo and 5% graciano; aged for 30 months in American oak): Bright red. Musky cherry pit and r...

La Rioja

92 WA - Castillo de Cuzcurrita Rioja Senorio de Cuzcurrita Tempranillo 2005 (750ML)

92 WA - Castillo de Cuzcurrita Rioja Senorio de Cuzcurrita Tempranillo 2005 (750ML)

$20.47

This bodega exemplifies that kind of single-mindedness that makes for the most historic of romances—it’s a one-wine ...

La Rioja

92IWC -  CVNE Imperial Reserva 2005 (750ML)

92IWC - CVNE Imperial Reserva 2005 (750ML)

$33.97

What: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American Oak.

Where: Rioja Alta, Spain.

Why: Be...

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