Rioja Reserva 6 pack

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Rioja genesis as a wine region began centuries ago but it wasn't until more recently that the country's fine-wine region established itself more broadly on the international stage. Like many of Spain's wines there has been a to-and-fro of the old and new as well as an injection of interest and re-invigoration. From its juicy and upfront Crianza wines to the more serious, oak infused Reserva's and Gran Reserva’s there is much to explore and enjoy from this ancient and famous winemaking region.

In conjunction with the Iberian Peninsula Mixed Dozen we want to offer a journey through the wines of Rioja with a look at the old and the new as well as the established and classic producers and a mix of winemaking styles and influences. CVNE is over 100 years old and the Crianza is great to place to start with a blend of modern winemaking and traditional varieties. Vina Olbarri is a more recent venture and family owned operation Founded in 1985 by Pablo Olabarri with Pablo's son Luis Olabarri now at the helm. Unusually for Rioja it is 100% Tempranillo while a combination of French and American oak fashioning a polished and modern drop. Stradling these two wines is Telmo Rodriguez "Corriente" - a single vineyard, single village from Rioja Alta historically intended as a "common wine", young but honest, for everyday drinking, leaving "Riojas Selectos" for special occasions. The "village" blend is based on a nearly forgotten Rioja tradition and is based on old bush vine vineyards planted to a mix of varieties (some white) and is far from a "common wine" as you could get, especially with Telmo's magical touch.

To finish an incredible selection of back vintage from Bodegas Urbina. It is rare to see a collection of Reserva and Seleccion Espicial from such a range of vintages and such an exciting way to experience these wines. The 2001 and 2004 are stellar vintages while the 1996 is a rare treat. 5 generations of Urbinas have managed this property since the 1870s. In the 1980's a spanking new bodega was installed to make the 'classically styled' Rioja. The wines are all based around the village of Cuzcurrita del Rio Tiron, west of Haro in the Montes Obarenes zone and around Tempranillo with small plantings of Mazuelo and Graciano.