The Best of Rioja in 2023

In 2023 we tasted over 500 wines in Rioja.  There are so many excellent producers and wonderful wines made in Rioja that it’s not possible to do justice by listing just a few wines.  Please consult Report #97: Dynamic Rioja: Terroir, Youth & Climate for our wine reviews. Our listing of the top scoring wines is given at the bottom of this article.

Look for the traditionally styled wines by CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia, and Muga.  Among distinctly modern producers, look for wines from Amarén, Benjamín Romeo, Pujanza, Sierra Cantabria, Señorio de San Vicente, and Viñedos de Páganos.

Rioja has rediscovered its white wine heritage; look for wines from Abel Mendoza, Alegre Valgañón, Benjamín Romeo, Exopto, Juan Carlos Sancha, Nivarius and others.  After being overshadowed by Tempranillo in recent decades, the Garnacha grape is also enjoying a resurgence.  Look for wines from Arizcuren, Juan Carlos Sancha, Palacios Remondo, and others.

Outstanding, pioneering wineries like Artadi, Finca Allende, and Telmo Rodriguez/Remelluri first put the focus on terroir with bottlings from single vineyards and villages. Many others also do this today including Artuke, Bhilar, Bideona, Conde de Hervías, Cuentaviñas, Labastida, MacRobert & Canals, Remirez de Ganuza, Sierra de Toloño, and Vinos en Voz Baja.

Top Scoring Classical Red Wines

Producer & Wine Rating
La Rioja Alta 2010 Gran Reserva 890

La Rioja Alta 2015 Gran Reserva 904

Muga Prado 2015 Enea Gran Reserva

Viñedos de Páganos 2008 El Puntido Gran Reserva

Remelluri 2014 Gran Reserva

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Top Scoring Red Wines

Producer & Wine Rating
La Rioja Alta 2010 Gran Reserva 890

Artadi 2019 Viña El Pison

Finca Allende 2015 Aurus

La Rioja Alta 2015 Gran Reserva 904

Muga 2015 Prado Enea Gran Reserva

Viñedos de Páganos 2008 El Puntido Gran Reserva

Remelluri 2014 Gran Reserva

Muga 2019 Aro

Artadi 2019 El Carretil

Arizcuren 2021 Barranco del Prado

Juan Carlos Sancha 2020 Cerro La Isa Tinto

Bodegas Amarén 2018 Carraquintana

Artuke 2021 La Condenada

Pujanza 2018 Cisma

Cuentaviñas 2020 Los Yelsones

Cuentaviñas 2020 El Tiznado

Valdemar 2018 Conde Valdemar Edición Limitada

Benjamin Romeo 2019 La Cueva del Contador

Carlos Sánchez 2021 Buradón Las Plegarias

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Top Scoring White Wines

Producer & Wine Rating
Remírez de Ganuza 2016 Gran Reserva Blanco Olagar

Pujanza 2021 Añadas Frías

Remelluri 2019 Rioja Blanco

Ostatu 2013 Blanco Gran Reserva

Abel Mendoza 2022 5V Blanco

Juan Carlos Sancha 2020 Cerro La Isa Blanco

Exopto 2020 El Bernate de Exopto

Bhilar 2014 Phinca La Revilla Blanco Sexto Año

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Source : https://i-winereview.com/blog/index.php/2023/12/05/the-best-of-rioja-in-2023/

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