Soft, smooth and tasty $10 Rioja from Bodegas y Vinedos Labastida, the Montebuena Rioja.100% Tempranillo from Rioja Alavesa, Spain. … [Read more...]
The Best Wines From Rioja Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
Words like Reserva and Gran Reserva actually carry little meaning in many places in the winemaking world. Wineries are free to slap the label on a bottle for no other reason than marketing if they please.
In places like Rioja; however, that's definitely not the case. These terms actually carry strict regulations and thus mean something. Specifically, here's what those terms mean in Rioja:
- Young wines: Wines in their first or second year.
- Crianza wines: Wines which are at least in their third year, having spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum cask ageing period is 6 months.
- Reserva wines: Selected wines of the best vintages that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.
- Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.
One other thing you'll notice in these regulations is the amount of time specified for wines to age in bottle. In what's a pretty unique situation in the wine world, Rioja as a whole has decided that they do not want to release their wines until they are ready to drink. This doesn't mean the wines can't age well for a significantly long time after release but it does mean that as a consumer you can be sure that that bottle of Rioja you buy this afternoon is going to taste great at dinner tonight, no additional aging required.
Read on for our list of The Best Wines From Rioja Under $20!
And I like it! The Burgo Viejo Crianza from Rioja, Spain.90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 12 … [Read more...]
A mastery of oak imparted flavors, the Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva.95% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. … [Read more...]
Another Rioja Reserva that delivers a lot more taste than its $12 price tag.The Lopez de Haro Rioja Reserva is 90% Tempranillo, 5% … [Read more...]
From the label to the bottle itself to the wine inside the Vivanco Rioja Crianza has a lot of nice things going on.100% Tempranillo … [Read more...]
Insane value at just $6.99 a bottle! Real deal Rioja Reserva aged 36 months in oak barrels.100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. … [Read more...]