The Rioja braces itself successfully against the trend in Spain, jammy, sweet and woody and alcoholic Allerweltsweine produce the cause despite always benevolent assessment by American media, especially the reputation of Spanish wine is currently considerable damage. Hardly a tasting inspired us over the last year such as this one.
The range of styles in the area is enormous, ranging from very traditional, specifically oxidation, thin and salty to very modern, fruity, and neuholzwürzig schmelzig-juicy. Some first-class bodega offers both: traditional, long barrel mounted Reservas and Gran Reservas, but also based on a model from Bordeaux, shorter, but it developed into new barriques Special Blend, which often represents the top of the range.
Reservas, but also based on a model from Bordeaux, shorter, but it developed into new barriques Special Blend, which often represents the top of the range.
Good producers of Rioja – and there are many – manage to get their wines, despite the variety of philosophies and styles but a clear, common origin characteristic. Rioja survived by his finesse, his own unique, complex flavor and quite often his noble charm and the traditional wines have these properties as well as the modern variants of the best producers. The prices remain largely surprisingly modest: In almost any other famous wine region in the world do you get world-class wine at comparable prices.
Unfortunately, some well-known producers are missing from our list. We have not forgotten about them, just not all the top companies have accepted our invitation to make wines for tasting.