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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Viñedos de Paganos, La Nieta 2008

Viñedos de Paganos, La Nieta 2008
The Eguren family manages a number of projects in Rioja. At the tiny winery of Paganos, Marcos Eguren produces just two wines (the other is El Puntido). La Nieta is 100% Tempranillo, spending 18 months in new French oak. The richness of the young fruit masks the oak, creating a powerful and concentrated wine that will grow into itself to express its elegance. 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Price £78 Gerrard Seel
Drink 2014–2024
Alc 14%