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  • 2020 Rioja Blanco ‘Rivallana’, Bodegas OndarreWhite Wine

    2020 Rioja Blanco ‘Rivallana’, Bodegas Ondarre

    £950

    A light and refreshing white Rioja made from Viura, Verdejo & Tempranillo Blanco.  It delivers notes of exotic fruits, wildflowers and ripe pears through to a zesty finish.

    The grapes were carefully sorted upon arrival at the winery and the three varieties were fermented separately in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures of between 14 and 16°C. The wines were matured on their lees for two months, with periodic racking to add complexity. Carefully blended showcasing wonderful freshness, aromatics and pure fruit flavours.

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  • 2018  Larchago Rioja Blanco, Bodegas Familia ChavarriWhite Wine

    2018 Larchago Rioja Blanco, Bodegas Familia Chavarri

    £1100

    The grapes for this gorgeous wine come from vineyards in Elciego, the core of Rioja Alavesa.   The wine has aromas of white fruit (pears, peach skins) combined with white flowers and tropical notes, clean and powerful.  The palate is silky, smooth with a fresh, harmonious long aftertaste

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  • 2017 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Familia ChavarriRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Familia Chavarri

    £1200

    Intense cherry-red colour with a purple rim. Complex aromas with plenty of red fruit and wild berries and spice from the oak. Expressive and elegant with sweet tannins.

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  • 2017 Rioja Reserva, Bodegas OndarreRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Ondarre

    £1295

    Leather, vanilla and spice of traditionally made Rioja enveloped in a smooth and textured palate. Balanced, with ripe, wild strawberries and integrated tannins through to a long, lingering finish.

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  • 2018 Tempranillo de Laderas, BadiolaRed Wine

    2018 Tempranillo de Laderas, Badiola

    £1395

    Badiola is the creation of 2 Masters of Wine, Andreas Kubach and Sam Harrop along with txakoli producer Gorka Izagirre.   Andreas and Sam along with Winemaker Tao Plantón craft modern Rioja wines with an emphasis on-site rather than how long it has aged in an oak barrel.  The winemaking philosophy is to obtain very pure, fresh and well-textured wines that reflect their origin.

    The 2018 Tempranillo de Laderas has pure and precise aromas of cherries and red berries are layered with herbal notes of thyme through to a textured palate. This wine shows an excellent balance between fresh natural acidity, fruit concentration and firm, but fine-grained tannins.

    ‘Laderas’ means hillside and this wine takes its name from the hillside vineyards on which the grapes are grown. The fruit is carefully selected from over 300 parcels that are situated on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, in Rioja Alavesa. The average plot size is just 0.3 hectares and the average age of the vineyard is approximately 50 years, but some of the vines are significantly older, producing low yields of concentrated juice. The Gobelet trained vines are planted in limestone soils, resulting in elegant wines that are fresh, precise and age-worthy due to the balancing acidity.

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  • 2017 Rioja Reserva, HugonellRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Reserva, Hugonell

    £1395

    This is a classically made Rioja, which shows wonderful aromatic complexity of red berries, liquorice and hints of smokiness, cedar and spice oak flavours. A warm and heady palate leads to a mature and rich finish.

    The Aldeanueva de Ebro (meaning the “new hamlet of the Ebro”) is located on the windy plateau that runs from the slopes of Mount Yerga, to the River Ebro. The vineyard consists of different types of soils, from pebble to clay, at varying altitudes. The soils, together with the intensive sun exposure and low rainfall, define the vineyards of Aldeanueva. This area offers the potential to produce good quality, healthy grapes, characterised by their intense colour and medium to high alcohol levels.

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  • 2017 Finca San Martin Crianza, Torre de OnaRed Wine

    2017 Finca San Martin Crianza, Torre de Ona

    £1495

    Finca San Martin Crianza captures the young spirit of Rioja Alavesa, always a reliable and delicious Crianza that drinks like many Reserva’s.

    In the glass, it has an intense dark-cherry red colour with a garnet rim. Very intense on the nose, with a marked fruity character: cranberries, redcurrants and blackberries envelop balsamic aromas of patisserie, cocoa, freshly-ground coffee, cinnamon and liquorice. Intense and well-balanced in the mouth, with an elegant freshness, balance, fine tannins and a smooth finish. Fruit-laden aftertaste, with marked notes of red fruit underscored with balsamic notes from barrel ageing. Represents all the typicity and uniqueness of Rioja Alavesa.

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  • 2018 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas LANRed Wine

    2018 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas LAN

    £1495

    This wine is intense cherry red in colour. Aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries and cranberries are framed by subtle notes of vanilla and spice. On the palate, the wine is full bodied with silky tannins and a bright acidity which carries the aromas onto the lingering finish.

    The Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha grapes for the Bodegas LAN Crianza are sourced from trusted growers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones. Fruit from vineyards at higher altitude in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria in Rioja Alavesa brings aromatics and freshness to the blend while fruit from slightly warmer sites in Rioja Alta brings richness and body. The vines are aged between 10 to 20 years old and produce low yields of concentrated fruit able to stand up to extended periods of ageing in oak barrels

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  • 2015 Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas OndarreRed Wine

    2015 Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas Ondarre

    £1595

    The complex and mature bouquet offers rich fruit aromas, along with hints of spice and notes of raisined fruit layered with tobacco and leather. Elegant and velvety, this is classic Gran Reserva Rioja.

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  • 2017 Rioja Edicion Limitada, Ramon BilbaoRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Edicion Limitada, Ramon Bilbao

    £1650

    Ramon Bilbao Edición Limitada Crianza offers a different and more opulent style of Rioja, which retains elegance and freshness at the same time.

    In the glass, it has an intense ruby red colour with black cherry glints.  High fruit intensity on the nose, with a perfect balance of dark fruit and oak on the palate. The spicy nuances play a key role, with black pepper, cloves and cumin. Fresh wood aromas with notes of cocoa, dry tobacco leaves and mint and a smooth, fruity mouth-feel with a long finish. Polished tannins and refreshing acidity.

    “Sourced entirely from the north-western corner of the Rioja Alta, this refreshing pure Tempranillo confirms the move away from toasty oak at Ramón Bilbao towards wines with more fruit expression and balance. Scented, racy and refined with lovely focus and brightness.”  93 Points – Drink 2022-27: Tim Atkin MW – Special Report Rioja 2020 (2017 Vintage)

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  • 2015 Rioja Reserva, Ramon BilbaoRed Wine

    2015 Rioja Reserva, Ramon Bilbao

    £1695

    Ramón Bilbao Reserve is made using grapes from their vineyards at Rioja Alta, using only the best plots to create wine for ageing.  The nose is highly perfumed with notes of black fruit and fresh red berries, developing into sweet, spicy aromas of vanilla, cumin, pastries and nuances of wild herbs.  A fresh, intense mouth-feel with good acidity, ripe tannins and well-integrated alcohol. It is a balanced, harmonious wine with a palate full of ripe red fruit and sweet spices – the spicy toasty oak is delicious.  The finish is of a wine that is full-bodied and well-structured with hints of the fruit and oak experienced in the mouth.

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  • 2017 Rioja Vinedos de Altura, Ramon BilbaoRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Vinedos de Altura, Ramon Bilbao

    £1695

    This is an exceptional and unusual Rioja made from 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha from old vineyards in the highest areas in the Ábalos and Tudelilla regions of Rioja. The vineyards are over 70km away from each other but they are at the same high altitude of 700metres which keeps the ripening level alike.  Ábalos brings the Tempranillo and Tudelilla the Garnacha.

    In the glass, it opens with aromas of complex red fruits, black cherry, balsamic and aromatic herbs. The barrel is expressed in a subtle way, black pepper, clove and cedar.  On the palate, it is fresh with balanced acidity. Good balance between the concentration of fruit, acidity and alcohol. The presence of tannins is medium, providing juiciness and pleasant texture.

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  • 2017 Rioja Crianza, Sierra CantabriaRed Wine

    2017 Rioja Crianza, Sierra Cantabria

    £1750

    Established in 1957 but with a history dating back to the 1870s, Sierra Cantabria is a truly brilliant Rioja estate, creating cool, fresh wines with plenty of suave character. Combining knowledge and tradition accumulated over five generations, the Eguren family believe that “above all, we are grape growers”.

    Located at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria mountains, covering 18 hectares and at an altitude of 560 meters, it has an Atlantic climate but is also influenced by Mediterranean and Continental climates. The calcareous clay soil is excellent for obtaining high-quality wines and enhancing the expression of the Tempranillo grape.

    In the glass, the Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2017 is a bright ruby-red colour with light but intense tones. Wafting from the glass are aromas of ripe berry fruits with complex, spicy notes and elegant vanilla tones from the oak. Sturdy but ripe tannins on the palate make it a rounded and well structured Rioja with ripe fruit, cocoa, coffee and red berries on the finish. Complex and harmonious.   A seriously top tier wine that outshines its Crianza status.

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  • 2017 Limite Norte, Ramon BilbaoWhite Wine

    2017 Limite Norte, Ramon Bilbao

    £1995

    Limite Norte is a blend of Maturana Blanca and Tempranillo Blanco from Cuzcurrita del Rioja Tiron in the north of Rioja.   It is designed to show the richness and diversity of the Rioja by bringing Rioja’s “forgotten grapes” to life as well as highlighting the possibilities of areas of Rioja once considered to be hard to grow high-quality grapes.

    In the glass, it has a bright pale yellow colour with aromas of citrus fruit (lime peel), fresh stone fruit, notes of white flowers and lovely subtle barrel aromas.  On the palate, these flavours are accentuated with excellent acidity and friendly tannin. A white wine that is full of harmony, balance and with a long journey ahead.  Perfect with white meats, truffled chicken and gorgonzola-type creamy cheeses.

    “In my 22 years with Ramón Bilbao, I’ve explored all four corners of my home region and am still doing so,” said head winemaker Rodolfo Bastida.  “So much has changed in that time, particularly the climate. What was once impossible for grapes in the north now gives freshness and zest; where Garnacha was a lost grape in Rioja, it now makes elegant, fruit-driven reds when grown at altitude,” he said.

    Limite Norte comes from a plateau at 450m altitude where the climate is so extremely continental that it is one of the last places in Rioja to be harvested, Bastida said: “Spring frost is less common here now thanks to climate change, so we saw the potential for these grapes to actually make a wine with freshness and acidity.”

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  • 2017 Limite Sur, Ramon Bilbao, Ramon BilbaoRed Wine

    2017 Limite Sur, Ramon Bilbao, Ramon Bilbao

    £1995

    Limite Sur is a 100% Garnacha from Ramón Bilbao’s parcel of vineyards in Sierra de Yerga in the south of Rioja. It is designed to show the richness and diversity of the Rioja by bringing Rioja’s “forgotten grapes” to life as well as highlighting the possibilities of areas of Rioja once considered to be hard to grow high-quality grapes.
    In the glass, you find intense and complex aromas of red, fresh fruit, flowers and pink pepper. These flavours continue through to the palate that has soft tannin, harmony and balance. The finish is long and satisfying. The perfect companion for red meat, cured meat and cheeses.

    “In my 22 years with Ramón Bilbao, I’ve explored all four corners of my home region and am still doing so,” said head winemaker Rodolfo Bastida. “So much has changed in that time, particularly the climate. What was once impossible for grapes in the north now gives freshness and zest; where Garnacha was a lost grape in Rioja, it now makes elegant, fruit-driven reds when grown at altitude,” he said.

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