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, 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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