2016 Vega del Rayo Rioja Reserva

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2016 Vega del Rayo Rioja Reserva

Traditional Rioja Reserva

Tasting Notes 


A traditional Rioja Reserva from vineyards in Rioja Alta with a nose of warm black fruit, spice and vanilla notes.


The palate has ripe plum and damson characters balanced by well-integrated oak, supple tannins and gentle cedary spice on the finish.

Rioja Vega del Rayo

Production Method

This wine is produced from selected Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano grapes sourced from 30 to 40-year-old Rioja Alta vineyards whose distinctive stony soils are ideal for the long, even ripening of quality grapes. The fruit is hand harvested in mid-October. Each variety is fermented separately in small tanks using natural yeasts at 28-30° C. After 20 days on the skins the wine is gently pressed and racked to stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation. The clear wine is then racked to 2nd and 3rd year American and Russian oak barrels for 24 months maturation before blending and bottling.

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"This is good! Everything I would expect from a well made, traditional Rioja - bright fruit - some vanillin and spice from good oak integration and soft, smooth tannins giving a very well balanced and long finish." Tasted April 2024


    Year 2016
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo &  5% Graciano
    Country Spain
    Alcohol content
    13.5% alc vol 
    Units of alcohol per bottle 10.1 units
    Type Red Wine
    Food Matches Lamb and mint kebabs
    Allergy Information Awaiting info
    Dietary Information Vegetarian & Vegan
    Appellation DOCa Rioja