Rioja is changing. Geographical Indicators will accompany the old crianza etc ageing model. We have 6 Rioja Reds that show the new versatility of the region - 3 trad. and 3 new wave.
We start with a salt of the earth, old school Rioja from one of the regions most famous producers: Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2007. Palacios Remondo 'La Vendimia' is an elegant offering from Alvaro Palacios, Spain's top wine maker, bio-dynamic and organic. Aradon Calvados is nearly a transitional style, raised in concrete but matured in a mixture of American and French oak.
To the young punks and La Bicicleta is a serious customer favourite - clean and brightly fruited and very much of the new-wave Rioja. Artuke is made with carbonic maceration - the same method used in Beaujolais and the result is a similarly lifted and racy style. The Same crew also make Pies Negros - 25% of the fruit went into concrete, the rest into super-large format oak resulting in depth with purity.
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