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Rioja’s joven (“young”) reds are aged
two to three months at most; this example
showcases their lively, fruity charm.
What You Need To Know
Rioja is best known for its glorious
gran reservas—red wines that age for half a decade before
release, the best of which improve in bottle for decades beyond.
For immediate drinking, though, its jovens make a better bet.
Based on the same signature grape, Tempranillo, joven Riojas are
bottled not long after they’re finished fermenting, in the winter or
spring following harvest. Generally oak-free, as with this example
from Bodegas Riojanas, they’re fruity and straightforward, with
lighter tannins that make them suitable for a wide range of foods.
Bodegas Riojanas is a famous winery founded in 1890 that’s
located in Rioja Alta, a subzone that’s a source of many of Rioja’s
Bursting with black cherry
and plum scents.
Black cherry and orange zest
flavors are juicy and vibrant.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to touch, or else
Burgers, chops, meat loaf,