August 28th is National Red Wine Day


Cheers to national red wine day. Every day seems like a great day to celebrate red wine. That being said, August 28th is “National Red Wine Day,” so we thought you might like to celebrate with some Wines from Rioja.

La Rioja Alta 2012 Viña Arana Gran Reserva (Rioja); $48, 94 points. Dry oak aromas are the greeting, and this smells earthy and cheesy in a classical way; along with that, this offers ripe scents of raisiny berry fruits and vanilla. A full palate is rich while holding on to its balance. Flavors of balsamic plum, berry fruits and tobacco finish bold more than fine and elegant. Drink through 2032. Skurnik Wines. Cellar Selection. —Michael Schachner

Bodegas Tobía 2014 Óscar Tobía Gran Reserva (Rioja); $50, 93 points. Foresty berry and spiced black cherry aromas blend with notes of dried fruits and pipe tobacco. A supple palate is full and resolute but charming, with smooth tannins and a welcome pop of lively acidity. Integrated flavors of plum, currant and peppery spice are supported by creamy vanilla oak through the finish. Drink through 2031. Tri-Vin Imports. —M.S.

Campillo 2016 Crianza (Rioja); $25, 92 points. Tight-fisted plum and currant aromas are punchy, while this crianza from a great year excels across a lively palate. Spicy plum and currant flavors play out on a finish with cracked pepper notes and lingering acidity. Drink through 2025. Pacific Highway Wines & Spirits. —M.S.

Muga 2015 Reserva Unfiltered (Rioja); $30, 92 points. Earthy black fruit aromas are warm and ripe. Befitting a reserva from a hot year like 2015, this is big-bodied and flush, with flavors of toasty oak, chocolate and mixed berry fruits. Ripeness is not lost on a finish with mild heat. Drink through 2023. Jorge Ordóñez Selections. —M.S.

CVNE 2014 Cune Gran Reserva (Rioja); $42, 91 points. Woodsy raspberry and currant aromas are dry and distant, while this gran reserva from a difficult vintage feels solid and gets the job done. Toast, coffee and wood spice notes accent raspberry and plum flavors, while a steady finish is dry feeling and tastes lightly spiced. The future is now for this. Drink through 2023. Arano. —M.S.

Marqués de Cáceres 2015 Reserva (Rioja); $31, 91 points. Cassis and raisin aromas announce a fully ripe, warm-year reserva with enough acidic kick on the palate to ensure balance. Blackberry and baked plum flavors benefit from said acidity, while finishing notes of cured beef and baked berry fruits confirm that this a ripe-style Rioja. Drink through 2024. Vineyard Brands. —M.S.

El Coto 2015 Coto de Imaz Reserva (Rioja); $22, 90 points. Grainy American oak aromas of vanilla mixed with lightly spiced red fruit notes form a classic Rioja nose. A tight palate with wiry acidity is pointy as it delivers flavors of vanilla, dill, plum, red currant and wood spice. Oak is the prime player on the finish. Drink through 2023. Opici Wines. —M.S.

Lopez de Haro 2017 Crianza (Rioja); $13, 90 points. Plum, cherry and earthy spice notes make up a classic Rioja nose, while this crianza from a hot, dry year feels fleshy and ripe. Dark berry flavors push toward the limits of raisiny on the warm finish. Monsieur Touton Selection. Best Buy. —M.S.

Kirkland Signature 2016 Reserva (Rioja); $7, 89 points. This value-priced winner is about as good and honest as everyday Rioja gets. Earthy cherry and plum aromas are inviting, while this earns points for fullness, balance and appealing flavors of spiced cherry and plum. Drink up. Quintessential Wines. Best Buy. —M.S.

Marqués de Riscal 2017 Arienzo Crianza (Rioja); $10, 88 points. Cherry, plum, leather and tobacco aromas are fairly deep and concentrated on the nose. A hefty palate brings flavors of prune, black plum and green herbs. A chocolate note arises on the finish. Shaw-Ross International Importers. Best Buy. —M.S.

We also Recommend:CVNE Crianza 2017, $13.99

This historic producer is able to maintain quality at scale. “Rioja’s often have a Bordeaux-like quality to them and that certainly helps them appear to punch about their weight price-wise since Bordeaux is the all-father of luxury wines,” says master sommelier Peter Yeung.  Learn more: CVNE Crianza 2017, $13.99

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W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd.
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Zamora Americas
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Bodegas Valdelana
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Carolina Wine Brands USA
Casa Ventura Imports, Inc.
Cerda y Llanos
Chartrand Imports
Chateau Armand
Classic Wines
Classical Wines from Spain
Cognac One, LLC
Coleccion International Del Vino USA (CIV USA)
Constellation Wines
Constellation Wines
David Bowler Wine
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Dreyfus Ashby & Co
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Elite Wines
Emporium Nostrum
ENYE Imports Group
Familia Martinez Bujanda
Felix Solis Avantis
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Folio Wine Partners
Francisco Selections, Inc.
Freixenet USA
Frontier Wine Imports
Garnacha Inc
GECO Global Group USA
Golden State Wine Co.
Grapes of Spain
Grupo Bodegas Olarra
Grupo Principe de Viana
H.A.B. North America
HGC Imports Inc.
Hidalgo Imports
HP Selections
International Wine & Spirits
Janet Kafka
Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd.
La Rioja Alta
Laurel Importers
Lionstone International
Lopez de Haro
Luneau USA, Inc
Maisons Marques & Domaines
Marfa Group
Marques de Murrieta
Michael Skurnik Wines
MJM Imports
Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd.
Murphy Distribution
Natural Wine Co.
New Age Imports
Noble House Wines
North American Organic
P.R.Grisley Co.
Parador Selections
Pernod Ricard USA
Pipeline Distribution
Polaner Selections
Protecom Wines Inc.
Regal Wine Imports
RM Distributors
RM Mabor
Romero & Miller, LLC
Royal Wine Corp.
Serendipity Wines
Signature Imports
SolStar Wines
Spain Wine Collection
Spanish Vines Imports, Inc.
Specialty Cellars
Steve Miles Selection
T Edward Wines
Tempranillo Inc
Terra Nostra Vinos
Testa Wines of the World Ltd.
The House of Burgundy, Inc.
The Marchetti Co./Scoperta Importing Co.
The Spanish Wine Imports
Think Global Wines LLC
Tradewinds Specialty Imports
Tri Vin Imports
United Cellars
United Wineries/MHW
USA Wine West
Vin de Terra Imports, Inc.
Vin Divino
Vinaio Imports, Ltd.
Vinole Wines
Vinos and Gourmet Jose Pastor Selections
Vinos Libres
Vintage Wines
Vision Wine & Spirits, LLC
Well Oiled Company
Wine Associates, Inc.
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