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World-renowned wines: Best of Rioja

Wines from Rioja are characterized by impressive diversity, elegant structure and complex aromas – Falstaff reveals nine bottles that you should definitely not miss.

Rioja is the most famous, most traditional and certainly one of the best wine-growing regions in Spain – what grows here enjoys a worldwide reputation. It is also one of the nuclei of Spanish quality viticulture, as the first bottled wines from the Iberian Peninsula were exported from here in the mid-19th century. The region experienced an enormous transfer of know-how when, towards the end of the 19th century, many winegrowers from Bordeaux left their vineyards on the Gironde, which had been devastated by phylloxera, and emigrated to the Ebro region. What remains from this period is the obligatory barrel ageing in small oak barrels for the top qualities, especially for the Reserva and Gran Reserva quality levels. The soils range from alluvial soils to ferruginous clay soils and limestone-clay soils. The focus is on Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha Blanca.

Dark berryish nose: blueberry, cassis and some sour cherry, complemented by vivid, cool, savoury notes, subtle liquorice, and an engaging minerality. Extremely elegant on the palate, yet powerful, with polished, fine tannins and floral nuances on the long finish.
Álava, Spain
Complex bouquet with notes of warm raspberry, plum, blueberry and dark cherry. Hints of dark chocolate, tobacco and caramel as well as balsamic and floral nuances. Also a hint of coconut matting. Fresh, elegant and balanced on the palate, with ripe acidity and velvety, fine-grained tannins. Long finish.
Logroño, Spain
The wine comes from a single vineyard in Banos de Ebro. Sandstone and sand are the base for Artuke's finest and most elegant wine. Fresh, intense fruit aromas: cherry, raspberry and an engaging herbal spiciness. Very individual and elegant. Spectacular finesse on the palate with juicy acidity and silky tannins. Extremely long.
Baños de Ebro
A real classic! Dried fruit and plum on the nose, hints of mushroom and aromatic wood. Sweet spices, some tobacco and orange zest. Very balanced on the palate with fine tannins, juicy acidity and a suitable fullness. Very long-lasting.
Haro, Spain
Still young, modern-looking wine with clear aromas from ageing in wood, plus ripe, dark fruit in keeping with the warm vintage. On the palate, the wine shows its class even at this early stage: captivating texture, very fine, superb tannins, ripe acidity and an incredibly long finish.
Haro, Spain
Notes of ripe raspberry and cherry on the nose. Appears bright and delicate. Herbal and savoury notes that are wonderfully balanced with the fruit. Juicy acidity on the palate, aromas of plum, cherry and grapefruit. Firm, fine tannins and a long, mineral finish. Beautiful juiciness.
La Rioja, Spain
Complex bouquet with elegant citrus aromas, notes of peach and exotic fruits. In addition, subtle toasted notes and smoky-spicy hints. Elegant on the palate, with straightforward, juicy acidity, tart citrus fruit, some honey and a long, saline minerality on the finish.
La Rioja, Spain

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