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The Rioja Quintet
Top 5 Wines to Add to Your Collection
Nestled in the northern reaches of Spain, the famed region of Rioja stands out as a beacon of high-quality winemaking. With a rich history and an array of distinct terroirs, Rioja's wines effortlessly express the soul of Spain in each bottle. Today, we will journey through this illustrious DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) and uncover five wines from Rioja that deserve a spot in any discerning collector's cellar.
Bodegas Muga - Prado Enea Gran Reserva
Located in the prestigious Barrio de la Estación district of Haro, Bodegas Muga seamlessly melds tradition and innovation. Among their diverse portfolio, the Prado Enea Gran Reserva stands out. A classic blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano, this wine offers layers of dark fruit, spice, and mineral notes, all while maintaining an enduring elegance and balance. It's a top choice for any Rioja aficionado.
Marqués de Murrieta - Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
As one of Rioja's oldest estates, Marqués de Murrieta is a household name synonymous with tradition and quality. The crown jewel of the estate is the Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial. This wine, only produced in the best years, is predominantly Tempranillo with a touch of Mazuelo. Its high-altitude vineyards yield a wine rich in aromas of black cherries, vanilla, and cloves, with a finely integrated oak influence.
Remirez de Ganuza - Ganuza Reserva
Fernando Remirez de Ganuza needs little introduction in the world of Rioja. His eponymous winery, renowned for its avant-garde approach, crafts some of Rioja's most sought-after wines. The Ganuza Reserva, a blend of Tempranillo and Graciano, showcases rich fruit and toasty oak aromas underpinned by elegant tannins and a long, harmonious finish. This wine is a true expression of Rioja Alavesa's potential.
Marqués de Vargas - Selección Privada
The Marqués de Vargas estate is an emblematic landmark in the Rioja Alta region. Their commitment to sustainable viticulture and an artisan approach to winemaking shines through in their exquisite wines. The Selección Privada stands out as their flagship wine, showcasing the depth and complexity of Rioja's finest vineyards. Made predominantly from Tempranillo, along with a blend of other local varieties such as Mazuelo and Garnacha, this wine is seductive and layered, presenting a symphony of ripe red fruits, sweet spices, and subtle hints of earthiness. It is aged for 24 months in French, American, and Russian oak, further enhancing its complexity and structure. The Marqués de Vargas Selección Privada is indeed a symbol of exceptional Rioja wine and a must-have addition to any serious wine collection.
López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva
López de Heredia is a pillar of traditional Rioja, with the Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva representing the pinnacle of their portfolio. This wine, made only in the best years, is an emblem of the region, showcasing a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo. It's a wine of harmony and complexity, with a spectrum of vibrant red fruit and subtle leather and spice notes that captivate the senses.
These wines represent the epitome of Rioja, a region that masterfully blends tradition and innovation to craft wines of profound depth, character, and elegance. As you seek to broaden your collection, these wines offer an exciting opportunity to experience the full breadth and richness of Rioja's wine heritage. We had the privilege of tasting these wines during our immersive trip in Rioja, as well as at esteemed international wine fairs, Vinexpo NY and Prowein.
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