Taste a classic Rioja style – such as a mature gran reserva – and you’ll discover how they can age just as brilliantly as any red Burgundy or Bordeaux. Sadly, as Tim Atkin laments, Rioja is all too often overlooked by wine collectors and connoisseurs for the more celebrated wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Barolo. One positive to come out of this though, is that top Riojas can be snapped up for bargain prices in comparison to the world’s other feted wine regions.
The new wave of Rioja is a different beast. You’ll still find the traditional styles, but Rioja in 2020 is all about more velvety, fruit-focused wines, with French oak adding subtlety and elegance. Another burgeoning trend is for young (joven) Riojas, which don’t spend any time in oak, and are all about bright, juicy fruit.
Scroll down to discover 10 award-winning Riojas from this year’s IWSC.
MORE rioja RECOMMENDATIONS FROM IWSC:
Top Rated Bottles
Beronia, Reserva, 2015
Don Jacobo, Gran Reserva, 2008
La Rioja Alta S.A., Booths Gran Norte Reserva, 2015
Marqués de la Concordia, Reserva, 2015
Orube, Selección de Familia, 2017
Rioja Vega, Edición Limitada Tempranillo-Graciano Crianza, 2017
Faustino, Gran Reserva, 2009
Morrisons, The Best Marques de los Rios Rioja Gran Reserva,
Bodegas Tarón, Cepas Centenarias, 2015
Lidl, Cepa Lebrel Reserva, 2014
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