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Rioja Spain wine

The tasting room at Remirez de Ganuza

We had the privilege of touring and tasting at Remirez De Ganuza in the Spanish Denominacion de Origen (the Spanish term for viticultural region) of Rioja while we were a part of the Fine Vintage Tour of Northern Spain. Over the last 3 decades Remirez de Ganuza has experimented and come up with new techniques both in the vineyard and in the winery which have elevated their wines to the top echelons of Rioja and even earned a 100 point score.

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Valpiedra Winery

View of the Ebro River

Rioja is Spain’s best known wine region. It occupies 63,593 Ha along both sides of the Ebro River in Northeastern Spain, spanning 100 km between the towns of Haro and Alfaro. The Rio Oja, a tributary of the Ebro, is where the region takes its name. Rioja is Spain’s oldest Denominacion de Origen (D.O.), the Spanish equivalent of a viticultural region, having earned the designation in 1926. In 1991 it earned the highest designation of Calificada (D.O.Ca.), and remains only one of two region in Spain to hold this designation alongside Priorat. It produces both red and white wines though over 90% of the production is red. Over 600 bodegas (wineries) call Rioja home. As a region it is capable of producing excellent wines, not just in the premium category, but it also can produce some incredible bargains.

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spanish wine1999 Remelluri La Granja Rioja Gran Reserva

Wow. A lovely example of a more classic style Rioja. Incredibly elegant and sophisticated with tons of complexity. Both black and red fruits on the nose backed with earth, spice, and some vanilla. Medium in body with less acidity than expected, it had a structure and smoothness that was simply beautiful with a nice savory finish. Drinking perfectly in our estimation but in no danger of breaking down for a while yet.


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Gran Reserva 9041995 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

At age 21 this wine is in great shape. Beautiful nose of strawberry, sweet tobacco and saddle leather with a slight floral component developing with air. Medium body, this has the silky mouthfeel of a Grand Cru Burgundy. The finish is long and juicy with a slight citrus note. Very complex with lots of earth, mineral and tobacco notes supporting the red fruit of cranberry, raspberry and cherry. Intensely flavoured, this is absolutely delicious.

Excellent +


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2001 Bodegas Valsacro Rioja Dioro

2001 Bodegas Valsacro Rioja Dioro

Posted on Jun 11, 2015

2001 Valsacro Dioro Rioja2001 Bodegas Valsacro Rioja Dioro

Medium garnet, fading slightly at the rim. A medium bodied wine with a very expressive nose of cherries & strawberries with notes of spice & vanilla in the background. A wonderfully delicate mouthfeel that delivers strawberries & raspberries in an almost candied tone. With time, the candy tones are replaced by more earthy notes. Classically Rioja, its elegant frame delivers its complex nuances. Fully mature but showing no signs of fading. Delicious!


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