Three Rioja’s – 2005 and older! 94-95-96 Points! Mixed six-pack deals!

Below are three fantastic Rioja Bottlings that are between 7 and 11 years old!  I’ve tasted each of these within the last few days, and they will make you fall in love with the traditional style of Spain’s Rioja! Medium to full-bodied and more similar to Bordeaux than California, it’s amazing to see how these wines are built to last!

I’ve assembled these into mixed six-packs containing 2 bottles each of the three wines featured.

The price for this spectacular six-pack is $255.55 before tax, which represents a 10% discount.  Of course these wines can be purchased individually, and any 6+ bottle combination of these three wines qualifies for a 10% discount in case you want to come up with your own combination.

 

A mixed six-pack contains

two bottles of each featured wine below.

 

$255.55 before tax (10% discount)

 

First Cases Arrive Tomorrow Afternoon!

Please send a reply to nick@highlandfinewine.com if you’d like us to save any for you!

  

 

2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Prada Enea Grand Reserva

95 Points Wine Advocate – Neal Martin

80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano

$59.99 per bottle

 

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Ardanza Reserva

94 Points Wine Spectator, 93 Points Wine Advocate

80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

31.99 per bottle

 

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja 904 Grand Reserva

96 Points Wine Advocate – 

90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano

$49.99 per bottle

Nick’s Tasting Notes:

All of these wines spend a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels, mostly American oak that has been previously been seasoned.  As unusual as it sounds, they are all youthful, still sporting their primary fruit flavors mixed with dill and a wild array of licorice, herbs, and other spices from the oak.  Acidity is high on all of these wines (preserving freshness and adding structure to the blend), and the Muga Prada Enea has a wonderful minty aroma as well. Interestingly, both of the La Rioja Alta bottlings are brand new releases and still taste young!  Of the three bottlings, the La Rioja Alta Grand Reserva 904 is probably the best developed, but still has a long way to go!

As my children’s birth years are 2001 and 2005, you can be sure I’ll be saving these to share when they come of age!

About Rioja:

Rioja is arguably Spain’s most famous wine region as it was originally settled by winemakers from Bordeaux who’s vineyards were decimated by the Phyloxera root louse.  In crossing the Pyrenees mountains, the French winemakers escaped (temporarily) the root louse and starting making wines from Spain’s indigenous Tempranillo grape.  The result of this influence has shaped Rioja over the last 150 years, and these bottlings represent the traditional Rioja style that has changed little in this time.

Thanks again,

-Nick



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