Rioja Aging Requirements: Red, White, Rose

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Red Rioja Aging Requirements

Rioja Wine Aging Requirements
Wine Type Minimum Barrel Aging Minimum Bottle Aging Total Aging
Joven No specific requirement No specific requirement No specific requirement
Crianza 1 year in oak barrels No minimum 2 years minimum total aging
Reserva 1 year in oak barrels 6 months 3 years minimum total aging
Gran Reserva 2 years in oak barrels 2 years in the bottle 5 years minimum total aging

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White Rioja Aging Requirements

White Rioja Wine Aging Requirements
Wine Type Minimum Barrel Aging Minimum Bottle Aging Total Aging
Joven No specific requirement No specific requirement No specific requirement
Crianza (White) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 2 calendar years from 1 October
Reserva (White) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 2 years minimum total aging
Gran Reserva (White) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 4 years

Rose Rioja Aging Requirements

Rosé Rioja Wine Aging Requirements
Wine Type Minimum Barrel Aging Minimum Bottle Aging Total Aging
Joven No specific requirement No specific requirement No specific requirement
Crianza (Rosé) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 2 calendar years from 1 October
Reserva (Rosé) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 2 years
Gran Reserva (Rosé) 6 months in oak barrels No minimum 4 years minimum total aging

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Red Rioja Wine Tasting Notes

Red Rioja Wine Tasting Notes
Wine Type Aromas Flavors
Joven Fresh berries, floral notes Red fruit, lively acidity
Crianza Cherry, vanilla, spice Ripe fruit, subtle oak
Reserva Dark fruits, tobacco Structured, leather, oak influence
Gran Reserva Dried fruit, cedar, earth Complex, full-bodied, aging potential

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