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  • Alonso & Pedrajo La Pequenita Rioja Blanco Macerado Malvasia Riojana 2019

    £37.95

    Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alonso & Pedrajo La Pequenita Rioja Blanco Macerado Maturana Blanca 2019

    £37.95

    “The very dark orange 2019 La Pequeñíta Blanco Macerado Maturana Blanca has a very intense nose of peach in syrup that makes you think of a sweet wine, with notes of quince paste, earth and some spices. It’s heavily marked by the maceration with skins in two ancient tinajas (300- and 600-liter) and one 500-liter oak barrel during a slow four-week fermentation; the wine was kept in contact with the skins for four months and then moved to a 500-liter and a 600-liter oak barrel, where the wine decanted with weekly bâtonnage and rested for seven months. It’s a wild and characterful wine with 14% alcohol and a pH of 3.35, so with lots of freshness and piercing acidity (the signature of the variety) and a very tasty, salty finish where the texture comes through as chalky and dense. 1,362 bottles were filled in August 2020. Drink: 2022-2027. 93 points

    Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alonso & Pedrajo Suane Rioja Blanco Reserva 2018

    £32.95

    Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alonso & Pedrajo Suane Rioja Reserva 2017

    £32.95

    The red 2017 Suañé Tinto Reserva was produced mostly with grapes from their main estate vineyard in Villalba de Rioja, from vines at 600+ meters in altitude, and some from Haro too. It was aged in used barrel for two years, looking for natural stabilization of the wine. It’s medium-bodied and has medium ripeness at 13% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, which means good freshness. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in open concrete pools with indigenous yeasts. It’s perfumed and floral, subtle and elegant, varietal and with a round and balanced palate that is juicy and makes you salivate, with fine-grained chalky tannins. A triumph over the adverse conditions of the year. 4,410 bottles were filled in June 2020. Drink: 2022-2027. 93 points

    Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alonso & Pedrajo Suane Rioja Rosado Reserva 2019

    £33.95

    Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Contino Graciano Rioja 2019

    £49.95

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  • Contino Rioja Gran Reserva 2014

    £53.95

    “Deep violet. Primary black and blue fruit, potpourri, baking spice and vanilla qualities on the highly perfumed nose; a smoky mineral flourish adds urgency. Appealingly sweet, oak-spiced boysenberry, cassis and cherry cola flavors spread out steadily on the palate and show fine definition and back-end thrust. Closes impressively long and smooth, with rounded tannins contributing shape and gentle grip. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 94 points

    CVNE’s single-vineyard project has been one of Rioja’s best sources from modern (but not too modern) wines since it was launched in 1973. These are impeccably made wines from fruit grown in a 62-acre vineyard in Rioja Alavesa, on an especially blessed curve of the Ebro River that affords the vine a variety of expositions. Compared to the CVNE bottlings, these wines are definitely richer and more forward in style, but they still retain the signature balance and focus that marks the parent company’s wines.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (04/21)

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  • Contino Vina del Olivo Rioja 2019

    £62.95

    “I sense that there is a change in direction in the 2019 Viña del Olivo in search of freshness and elegance form the limestone-rich soils. In a warm year like 2019, the wine was produced with the blend of 67% Tempranillo, 23% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo; it’s higher in Mazuelo, which gives it freshness and shows in the wine, which is “only” 13.71% alcohol, harvested early like the majority of 2019s and keeping a pH of 5.56. The wine is quite flattering and has contained ripeness, good freshness and balance but ultimately lacks the complexity and depth of the 2020 that I tasted next to it. It matured in barrel for 12 months and in oak vat for a further four months. 9,773 bottles and 500 magnums were filled in June 2021. Drink: 2022-2032. 94 points

    The challenge at Contino is to control the power of the very warm place and achieve freshness in the wines. They started some experimental microvinifications in 2021 to find the way. The original wines from the 1970s, produced with part of the winery, have aged very well, and the challenge is to overcome the exuberant style of more recent years. This time there is a new red produced with 100% Mazuelo (Cariñena) grapes that were always vinified separately.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • CVNE Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva 2015

    £45.95

    “Deep, brilliant ruby. Offers sharply defined, mineral-inflected red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco, vanilla and exotic spice scents. Chewy and penetrating in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that steadily become more lively on the back half. The strikingly persistent finish features polished tannins, repeating minerality and a touch of candied flowers. Drinking window: 2025-2038. 95 points

    One of Rioja’s most well-known, oldest and largest bodegas, CVNE was founded in 1879 in Haro. Today the property owns over 500 hectares of vines. Over the past decade the quality of these traditionally made wines has been on a steady rise. Today I would count CVNE among the region’s top producers, up and down the range. The entry-level Cune bottlings deliver excellent value in quantity. The top-end Imperial bottlings are made from a 28-hectare vineyard in Rioja Alta. These wines have established an enviable track record for long aging. Bottles of the legendary 1968 Gran Reserva are still going strong, with what seems to be years of life ahead. Both American and French oak barrels are used here, with an emphasis on American.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (06/21)

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  • CVNE La Virgen 2020

    £60.95

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  • CVNE Monopole Clasico Gran Reserva Blanco Seco 2015

    £79.95

    “One of Rioja’s most well-known, oldest and largest bodegas, CVNE was founded in 1879 in Haro. Today the property owns over 500 hectares of vines. Over the past decade the quality of these traditionally made wines has been on a steady rise. Today I would count CVNE among the region’s top producers, up and down the range. The entry-level Cune bottlings deliver excellent value in quantity. The top-end Imperial bottlings are made from a 28-hectare vineyard in Rioja Alta. These wines have established an enviable track record for long aging. Bottles of the legendary 1968 Gran Reserva are still going strong, with what seems to be years of life ahead. Both American and French oak barrels are used here, with an emphasis on American.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (03/21)

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  • CVNE Real de Asua Rioja 2018

    £52.49

    “The 2018 Real de Asúa, a pure Tempranillo first produced in 1999, has been produced from 2018 onward with grapes from a vineyard in the paraje (zone) known as Carromaza from the village of Villalba de Rioja. The vineyard was planted with head-pruned vines on sandy soils at 600 meters in altitude at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria in a cool and windy zone with around 700 liters of rain per year. This 2018 fermented in small French oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in new and second use barriques for 12 months (down from 18 months in the previous vintage). This could very well be a new wine, from one of their freshest vineyards in a cool vintage, with lots of freshness and much more integrated oak than in the past. It’s still very young and has tannins to be resolved by time in bottle, but it should develop very nicely and make old bones. 3,125 bottles were filled in February 2020. Drink: 2022-2038. 95 points

    CVNE are working to produce white wines in the Reserva and Gran Reserva, an exciting development for the future, but we already have the first example here, a 2018 Cune Blanco Reserva. They are also refocusing on the Real de Asúa range, with interesting developments, which mean completely new wines. And the vineyard work doesn’t stop. They have purchased and planted 15 new hectares in the village of Cellorigo in the Montes Obarenes, certainly a new hotspot for the development of fresher wines. They planted those hectares in terraces at 750 meters above sea level, a little in the style they have done in Valdeorras in their Virgen del Galir project. They are also involved in the recovery of the Davalillo Castle in San Asensio and are replanting the surroundings (close to seven hectares) to make a wine there. So, quite exciting and dynamic times at one of the classical Rioja wineries…

    Even if they have a separate winery above Contino (which they also own) for the Viña Real wines, I have included them here rather than in a separate entry.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (251)

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