La Rioja is the most famous Spanish wine region worldwide. This region has the effect of a mirror that reflects, for over a century and a half, the richness of Spanish wines and of the numerous other Denominations of Origin of this beautiful country. A meticulous care of the vines and the technical development of these great wines have been so successful that the other regions soon adopted those techniques.
But in Rioja, as everywhere, there are differences: you can find are traditional cellars, some repeating their feat year after year, and others who have lost some of their splendor. There are modern cellars deploying all their energy to be the bests, and a multitude of great caves. All this complicates the choice of an amateur. That is why we decided to present five wines for 2014 so that you can enjoy without any risk:
5. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2001
La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2001, the example of a classic Rioja in which we can trust
4. Ramón Bilbao Edición Limitada 2010
Ramón Bilbao Edición Limitada 2010, elegant and perfect for combining with meat
3. Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2010
Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2010, modern and cheap, a good choice
2. La Montesa 2010
La Montesa 2010, personal, balanced, a well-made wine
1. Luis Cañas Crianza 2010
Luis Cañas Crianza 2010, the new myth: the 2009 vintage was voted best value for money. This 2010 walks in the footsteps of his older brother.