It is a justified assumption that 99% of the Riojan wines one encounters will be majority if not fully-based on the grape, Tempranillo. At 88% of all red plantings, it is unequivocally the dominant variety but, it’s not the only one. From time to time, I’ve encountered the few wines that aren’t made from Tempranillo but other grape varieties such as: Carinyena, Graciano, Maturana Tinta, and most definitely, Garnacha. It’s this latter variety which really piqued my curiosity as it’s quite common in the rest of Spain. So about two […]
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