Past Ramón Bilbao was founded in 1924 and acquired by Diego Zamora, the owner of Spain’s citrus liqueur, Licor 43, in 1999. The changes instituted under his management to the…
Do DOCa Rioja rules require that each wine is barrel aged, bottled and labelled in a single release?
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Lopez de Heredia, Viña Gravonia Blanco, Rioja Crianza, Spain 2005 Rating: 17.75/20pts Layered and complex with notes of herbs and quince, this wine is full of personality. The nuttiness on…
On July 10th 1890, five families sharing their passion for wine established La Rioja Alta, S.A. in Haro. Read about the 125 years here.
La Rioja Alta. S.A. has invested 9 million euros in 62 hecatres of new vineyards and innovative harvest facilities, to improve the quality of their wines.
Jane Anson explores Rioja terroir with fresh eyes and finds there is a fightback in the Spanish region among those seeking to promote its diversity.
See Decanter expert's rating, tasting notes and drinking window for La Rioja Alta 2005.
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Seda Vermella has bold, forward aromas of fine, spicy oak and red berries. Plump, generous fruit palate, supported by balanced tannins.
Bodegas de la Marquesa has exotically oaky nose with a full, dense palate and finely grained tannins. The fruit is sweet and impresses with its power and bold flavours.
Luis Cañas has a lovely colour and black fruits still abound here. Classy palate of exotic fruit and cola with a smooth texture and attractive, fleshy fruit to support the…
Forcada has scented, red berry nose with hints of leather and spice. Ripe and juicy cherry fruit carries its oak very well, showing the importance of Garnacha in the blend.
El Coto has smoky, leathery, mature nose with a hint of something exotic. The Tempranillo shows a darker profile in this wine and, overlaid with toasty oak, the emphasis is…
Artevino has fragrant cherry and tobacco nose. Archetypical style, with nice toasty notes, very ripe fruit and wonderful balance, backed by fine tannins.
Allende has a mature nose with a lovely aged quality, showing notes of leather and cola.
Fos has super-ripe blackberry fruit that is spicy, intense and layered. Graciano shows through here; it’s dense and dark fruited with a lift of acidity and velvety tannins.
Decanter average score for Carlos Serres: Very fine and focused nose. Perfumed, mellow and precise.
Viña Pomal is a full bodied and has depth and intensity with velvety tannins and a long, penetrating finish
Decanter average score for La Rioja Alta: Layers of chocolate, brambles, fine oak, cedar and vanilla make up the palate.
Decanter average score Faustino: Opulent aromas of mulberries, with cedar and vanilla overtones.
Decanter average score for Rioja Vega: Raspberry, mature oak and leather: a classic Rioja aroma.
Red Rioja priced between £8 and £25 is better value than ever before. See our judges' outstanding and highly recommended wines here.
See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Finca Valpiedra 2008.
Decanter average score for Pedro Benito Urbina: Remarkably aromatic, opening up on the palate with nicely knit tannins,relevant fruitiness and a long finish.
See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Garcia Carrion, 2010.