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...
Rioja, Botella Calvario 2005
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Finca Allende, Calvario 2006

Finca Allende, Calvario 2006
Miguel-Angel Gregorio's Calvary vineyard was planted in a suitably apocalyptic year, 1945, and the vines are delivering intense minerality. The wine spends 20 months in 100% new French oak. At present, it is dense, with black cherries and plums, and a slick of liquorice and roasted coffee. 19pts/20 (96/100pts)
Price £77–£85 AG Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd, Good Wine Shop, Swig
Drink 2015–2027
Alc 14%

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