Parker Points for Rioja wines- May 2015

Just as planned in the editorial calendar, the highly anticipated new edition of the publication, The Wine Advocate, led by incontestable wine guru Robert Parker, welcomed spring with a new and long article dedicated to wines from Rioja.

On this occasion, Luis Gutierrez, National Gastronomy Prize winner and chief taster for Robert Parker for wines from Spain, Argentina and Chile, places special focus on the promising 2012 vintage and subsequently 2013 and 2014, which is a challenge for winemakers, whose final result and aging potential can be seen in the coming years.

briones-riojaBriones (La Rioja), from the wine culture museum. Image by juantiagues (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As pointed out, Gutierrez praises the perfect balance between freshness and ripeness of the  2012 vintage in Rioja. An unusual outcome given the high temperatures and the long summer of that year, this did provide a very mature and warm harvest, but nevertheless, resulted in a lower sugar and higher acidity, given the high water levels endured by the vines .

On the other hand, as expected in the case of a land with so much tradition, Gutierrez does not let slip the opportunity to assess the new vintages of Reservas and Gran Reservas that have appeared on the market over the last 12 months.

So without further ado, we go over to the wines. These are some of our favourite wines from Rioja, best rated by Parker. Do not miss them!

With 98 Parker points, and honoured to be hosting the wine best reviews of this tasting session, we highlight the colossal Las Beatas 2012. A wonderful wine by Telmo Rodríguez, which is unfortunately completely out of stock across the market!

With 97 Parker points, we cannot fail to mention the great work of the winemaker Benjamin Romeo, who returns to be rewarded in the form of Parker Points for Contador 2012. A wine that reflects the personality of its creator in every detail. A marvel.

Among the wines of Rioja rated 96 Parker points, we want to emphasize the finesse and elegance of Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2006, aswell as Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1994, a blend of Viura and Malvasia aged for more than 10 years in oak barrels (yes, more than 10 years), you can only understand if you enjoy it.

Our featured wine amongst those which received 95 Parker Points is, again, one of those of Benjamin Romeo. It is the Cueva del Contador 2012, a magnificent powerful combination of fresh fruit in perfect balance with the best oak. A  technically perfect wine.

With 94 Parker points we highlight a renowned name, and internationally acclaimed, a classic Rioja: Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005. Do not miss the new vintage of the best wine in the world in 2013 according to the Wine Spectator.

We go down a rung, to Rioja wines  awarded 93 Parker points, to pay tribute to Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2010. Fine, balanced, rich in nuances … Everything you should expect from a Gran Reserva from Rioja.

Finally, with 92 Parker points, we highlight wines of unbeatable value: On one hand, La Montesa 2012. A display of freshness and liveliness which is easy to drink at a scandalous price. And on the other hand, Viña Arana Reserva 2006. The best version of the Great Rioja Reservas, but at an insane price!

Click here to see wines from Rioja rated by Parker on our website.

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