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La Rioja Alta “904” Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 $55.99 (only $47.59 with GOGO discount)

This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic…At this quality level, this is a bargain. 96pts Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez)

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Bodegas Ordoñez “Triton” Tinta de Toro 2014 $16.99 (only $14.44 with GOGO discount)

This bold and brawny expression of Tempranillo comes from the old vines of Toro. With rich black and purple fruits on the big, plush palate, this is a no-brainer for your next summer barbecue. Low tannins and oaky overtones help this full-bodied red go down easy.

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Montebuena “Cuvée KPF” Rioja 2014 $9.99 (only $8.49 with GOGO discount)

Sure, Rioja has become famous for their serious, ageable reds - but you can still find surprisingly fantastic bargains from the region, without having to pay extra for the “Rioja” nametag. This young, quaffable edition is full of red fruits on a medium body, with just a tinge of vanilla on the edges.

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Faustino I Rioja Gran Reserva 2001 $39.99 (only $33.99 with GOGO discount)

2001 might seem like a while ago, but despite its age, incredible freshness prevails in this long-living and elegant Gran Reserva. Look for notes of black cherries, leather and tobacco leading to a very expressive finish on a surprisingly light body. This superb value is a fascinating yet accessible gateway into the world of aged Rioja!

 

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