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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La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890 1995

La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 890 1995
An exceptional taste of Rioja. Ready to drink after six years in oak, and more in bottle, but also ready to start its journey to a very long life ahead. A promising beginning with the blend of tobacco, vanilla, forest floor and red fruits. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Price £80–£115 AG Wines, Armit, Berry Bros & Rudd, Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare, Fortnum & Mason, Handford, Hedonism, Roberson, Villeneuve
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 12.5%