Muga Rioja Blanco ($15.99): A blend of mostly viura and a small amount of malvasia, this fresh white is barrel-fermented for a short time, giving it light oak nuances as a backdrop to aromas of stone and orchard fruits, and white flowers. A great alternative for those looking for sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.
Cune Rioja Cranza ($14.99): Bright cherry color with some violet nuances. In the nose, red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in wood. It shows an elegance in the mouth, yet very lively, with some spice back notes and a very balanced acidity.
R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Crianza ‘Cubillo’ ($28.99): From perhaps the top producer in all of Spain, the Cubillo vines average nearly nearly 40 years, and the Crianza designation can easily be labeled a Gran Reserva. With notes of bright red fruit, green herbs, and earth tones, this is a Rioja that drinks like an energetic Burgundy, all with nearly 10 years of age on it.
La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza ($35.99): Outstanding, medium-high depth, dark-cherry red with an intense pinkish rim. Very intense to the nose, with outstanding spicy aromas of black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla enveloping fine notes of red berries. In the mouth, we enjoy a pleasant structure, balanced acidity and delicate, enveloping tannins.