This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article, Rioja: The Past Is Always Present . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Change comes slowly in Rioja. Many of the winemaking practices that were in place when the region was established in the third quarter of the 19th century are widely used today. Grapes are pressed traditionally and most of the best wines are aged, sometimes for many years, in oak barrels of various sizes, with a preference towards American oak. Many winemakers see oxidation during aging as an asset, not a flaw, that when done correctly, brings the unique perfume, complex flavors and supple texture that make serious Rioja among the world’s greatest wines.” -Josh Raynolds, Rioja: The Past Is Always Present, April 2021 1. 2015 Beronia III a.C 2. 2015 Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macán 3. 2012 Bodegas Carlos Serres Gran Reserva 4. 2009 Bodegas Faustino Faustino I Gran Reserva 5. 2016 Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 6. 2015 Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida 7. 2014 Hermanos de Peciña Señorio de P. Peciña Crianza 8. 2010 Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 9. 2007 R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Bosconia Reserva 10. 2012 Viñedos de Contino Gran Reserva

Viñedos del Contino (CVNE)

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Delectable Wine
9.2

Shimmering ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and blackberry, along with vanilla and espresso nuances. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that spread out steadily with air. Well-knit tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Muga

Torre Muga Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.6

Brilliant violet. Intense, spice-tinged cherry, boysenberry and vanilla scents display outstanding clarity and pick up smoky mineral and floral accents with air. Juicy and seamless in texture, showing excellent depth as well as energy to the red and blue fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors, which demonstrate impressive definition and back-end lift. Finishes extremely long and precise, with an echo of sweet dark berries and deftly woven tannins that add gentle grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild-Vega Sicilia

Macán Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

Deep ruby-red. Highly expressive, smoke-accented black raspberry, cherry pie, incense and cola aromas show outstanding clarity and spicy lift. Expansive, palate-staining red fruit preserve and cherry-vanilla flavors are complemented by candied rose, mocha and succulent herb flourishes. The floral note carries emphatically through a strikingly long, energetic finish that's given shape by suave, polished tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Delectable Wine
9.4

Limpid ruby-red. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes raspberry, cherry, vanilla, cured tobacco and exotic spices, and a potpourri note builds in the glass. Sweet, penetrating red fruit preserve, cherry cola and lavender pastille flavors are complicated by mineral and candied licorice flourishes. The impressively long, subtly tannic finish shows real energy and tight focus, and leaves floral and red berry notes behind. Aged for five years in American oak barrels. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

Delectable Wine
9.2

Ruby-red. Oak-spiced red berry liqueur, cherry, pipe tobacco and vanilla aromas are complemented by a smoky topnote. Sweet and pliant in the mouth, displaying velvety texture and plush black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and fruitcake flavors. Shows impressive depth as well as energy, especially for a hot vintage, and finishes with repeating cherry and spice notes and harmonious tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Beronia

III a.C. Rioja Tempranillo 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

Opaque ruby. Highly expressive, smoke- and oak spice-accented cherry liqueur and blueberry aromas are complemented by building floral, vanilla and tobacco nuances. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering densely packed black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity and dark fruit thrust on the impressively long, oak-spiced finish, which is framed by polished, even tannins. All new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Delectable Wine
9.7

Brilliant ruby. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes spice-accented red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, pipe tobacco and vanilla, and violet and mineral accents emerge as the wine stretches out. Palate-staining blackberry, cherry-vanilla, cassis, fruitcake, mocha and candied licorice flavors show superb depth and clarity while hints of floral pastilles and Moroccan spices add complexity. Gains weight with air, with no loss of energy, showing powerful, spicy thrust on a strikingly long, gently tannic and floral-driven finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Carlos Serres

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2012

Delectable Wine
9.1

Vivid garnet. Cherry pit, red currant, cigar box, coconut and floral qualities on the fragrant nose. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red fruit, candied rose, cola and licorice flavors and a building vanilla quality. Closes long and spicy, with a repeating cherry note and supple tannins that lend discreet grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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Bodegas Hermanos Peciña

Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2014

Delectable Wine
9.1

Dark red. Spice-tinged red berry and cherry scents are complemented by hints of coconut and succulent herbs. Shows good energy and cut on the palate, offering oak-spiced bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a tangy suggestion of blood orange. Dusty tannins frame a long, nervy finish that leaves a subtle floral quality behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri

Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Delectable Wine
9.2

Deep violet. Cherry pit, black raspberry, pungent flowers and subtle licorice and cracked pepper qualities on the nose. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and ripe dark berry flavors supported by an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins frame a very long, penetrating finish that echoes the cherry and licorice notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2021)
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