Wine Finds: Affordable Young Rioja Reds

By Appleson, Gail | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 7, 2017 | Go to article overview

Wine Finds: Affordable Young Rioja Reds


Appleson, Gail, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Rioja, Spain's most famous wine-growing region, has a strict classification system in which wines are labeled according to how long they have been aged. The labels, which carry the Rioja logo, are affixed on the lower half of each bottle's back. The classifications from the least to the most amount of aging are: Cosecha (Joven), Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. Even with little to no oak aging, Rioja reds can be delicious. The following two Cosecha wines are well worth trying.

Bodegas Abanico Hazaa Vias Viejas 2014 Rioja Cosecha Bought * Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Boulevard, in May for $11.99

Description * This deeply flavored red received 92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, which called the wine "simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy." A blend of 85 percent tempranillo and 15 percent graciano, this is an intense medium- to full-bodied red that tastes of dark fruit, tobacco and vanilla from some oak aging. …

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