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Rioja Alta

Tempranillo is the main grape of this area.  It produces fruit-laden wines, but can lack structure and capacity for aging and is often blended. Graciano is also suited to the conditions.  Rioja Alta has around 20,000ha under vine and is the biggest sub-district of Rioja.

Tempranillo is the main grape of this area.  It produces fruit-laden wines, but can lack structure and capacity for aging and is often blended. Graciano is also suited to the conditions.  Rioja Alta has around 20,000ha under vine and is the biggest sub-district of Rioja.

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Climate and Conditions

The vines here are grown up to 600m above sea level to avoid the blistering heat, but not so high as to catch the punishing northerly winds.  Long warm days and cool nights extend the ripening process of the eager Tempranillo grape (whose name is derived from the word for early) and ensure maximum flavours are extracted from it. Clay soils do not reflect the heat but do retain the moisture, and in the Rioja Alta these are beneficial characteristics.

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  1. Salagón Crianza, Rioja Alta

    Salagón Crianza, Rioja Alta, 2010 75cl

    The nose is full of red berries with very soft spice hinted at. The palate is of medium weight and brings vibrant fruit character all supported by vanilla and touches of more peppery spice. The finish is light but persistent with plenty more vanilla character.

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  2. Urbina, Seleccion

    Urbina, Seleccion, 1999 75cl

    Concentrated aromas of dark berry and fig compliment the full body and rich fruit flavour. The flavour is reminiscent of fruit cake as the finish brings a lovely splash of savoury vanilla.

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  3. Urbina Gran Reserva Especial

    Urbina Gran Reserva Especial, 1994 75cl

    Powerful, richa nd seductive and exhibits vegetable/tobacco aromas nose. On the palate it is classy and complex with perfect harmony of oak and glorious flavours of prunes, dates and sweet raisins. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy with a very long and full finish. A splendid old vintage.

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