2010 looks set to be a classic vintage for Rioja, having been rated “excellent” by the Consejo Regulador for the DOCa. This is the first time in five years that a vintage has earned the “excellent” rating; in the last decade just three vintages received this accolade: 2001, 2004, and 2005, while the last four years have been rated “very good”.
The quality of the vintage has been attributed to favourable weather conditions throughout the 2010 growing season, with vines showing excellent health, as well as cultural practices of growers, and the reduced yields implemented by the Rioja Wine Interprofessional Organisation. The reduction of yields to a maximum of 5,850 kg per hectare for red grapes and 9,000 kg per hectare for white grapes represents a 10% reduction on last year’s yield limits for red grapes and 5% for white, were implemented with a view to increasing quality across the wines made —a key goal in Rioja’s strategy.
Wines from the 2010 vintage underwent a rigorous tasting process, with each tank of wine in each bodega tasted to arrive at the rating of “excellent”. The Consejo Regulador has been tightening the regulations for vintage ratings in recent years, with the aim of maintaining Rioja’s position as a benchmark of quality.
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