What’s the Classic Rioja style?
The classic traditional Rioja is a red Tempranillo-based blend aged for many years in American oak barrels.
It’s light-to-medium bodied, still shows lots of acidity and just gets better with age. The fruit is there but it’s not massive, there are hints of vanilla and wonderful complex aromas developed over the years. It starts to show a pale-orange color. It’s usually blended with Garnacha, Graciano or Mazuelo.
We refer to the velvety lingering Reservas and Gran Reservas you most definitely have had before.
I’m no expert, is this tour suitable for me?
You are probably exposed to the very good mass-produced Reservas and Gran Reservas available at home.The typical Rioja everyone thinks of when they hear “Rioja”.
Our proposal is to take you to the high-end wineries that epitomize the traditional finest Riojas: balanced, silky, elegant timeless wines that have proudly represented Rioja for decades. If you ever fell in love with a Premium Rioja Gran Reserva, this will be music to your ears!
Classics: Unveiling the traditional Rioja flavors
You’ll love the Classics if you like a sip of the traditional Rioja flavors –liquorice, plums, raisins, hints of vanilla, tobacco, leather with a lingering aftertaste-
This experience is suitable for those wine lovers fond of the Reservas and Gran Reservas – and for those who wish to sample the long-aged timeless Riojas with long drinking windows.
Long-aged wines with long-drinking windows
These wines have been aged for very long periods and have therefore long drinking windows.
To give you an idea, the vintages we are drinking now are 2010, 2011 (the last two vintages officially rated as Extraordinary by the Rioja Control board) 2012 and 2014.
Number of wines tasted:
9 wines in total (three Premium tastings of three wines each)