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La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's largest and most consistent traditional style producers. They are well represented in America by several distributors, so their wines are among the easiest of the traditional Rioja producers to get your hands on.
There's a gentility and refinement to the wines that's not unlike the winemaker himself, and their complexity produces both pleasure and engages the intellect, again, much like spending time with Miguel.
As is true in most longtime wine producing regions, some of Rioja's greatest producers are those that have evolved over generations, one generation sharing its wisdom, acquired over decades of successes and failures, with the next.
Wine should taste like where it came from, and shouldn't be manipulated into big alcoholic bruisers crammed with "jammy" fruit. Wine expert Gerry Dawes is a fan of old-fashioned wines made the old fashioned way: "Great wine is made in the vineyard, not in the winery."