1976 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

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A good rather than outstanding vintage

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Best Appellations

Best Producers

A mixed year with widely-differeing fortunes. Contino, Martínez Bujanda, Salceda, Corrál and Lopez-Heredia reported better than average results and Salceda made 15% Gran Reserva. Others had a dismal time, and yet (under the old rules) Gran Reserva made the annual average of 7%, although this was probably desperation rather than expectation.