Rioja Gran Reserva: Expensive — But a Remarkable Value

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Lopez de Heredia - 10-25-13 - 24As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.

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In my latest column, I praise Wine Spectator’s selection of Cune’s 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva as its wine of the year. And I explain why top Rioja represents a remarkable value.

Rioja Gran Reserva: Expensive — But a Remarkable Value

Each year, the wine world eagerly awaits Wine Spectator’s “Top 100″ list.

Since 1988, the magazine’s editors have looked back over the wines they’ve reviewed over the previous 12 months to rank the 100 wines that most impress them “based on quality, value, availability, and excitement.”

This year, the competition was stiffer than ever; more than 20,000 wines vied for a spot on the coveted list. It’s no wonder why retailers and consumers alike have made a parlor game out of speculating which wine will land at the top.

This year’s highest honor went to the 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva from Cune, a fifth-generation, family-run winery in Rioja, Spain. This marked the first time that a Spanish wine came in first, so the news was celebrated across Spain. In the United States, the announcement helped bring attention to a region that’s been overlooked and undervalued for far too long.

Check out the rest of the piece on Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine.

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