Top Riojas through the ages

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Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the stylistic evolution of Rioja and suggests the best wines to look out for and buy from vintages spanning the last two decades...
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Rioja, Vina Real Reserva
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Viña Real, Reserva 2006

Viña Real, Reserva 2006
Silky, supple, medium-bodied, velvety, full of typical Rioja perfumes, with fine oak, ripe fruit. In the CVNE group – a modern barrel-shaped winery just inside the Alavesa boundary. 100% Tempranillo. Also look out for the 2006 Gran Reserva, which just slightly more expensive. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £15–£19 Berry Bros & Rudd, Eton Vintners, Fine & Rare, Harrods, Majestic, The Wine Society
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 13.5%

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