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This smooth, plump Rioja wins pride of place as one of our members' favourite reds vintage after vintage. We love its combination of vanilla-infused flavour from high-quality oak ageing and vibrant red-fruit notes.
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Bodegas Navajas started life as Bodegas Ariona, which was founded in 1918 outside the small town of Navarrete in La Rioja Alta. In 1983, after five years of investing both financial and managerial support in the company, the Navajas family became majority shareholders, and changed the name to reflect the true occupant of the driving seat. Antonia Navajas Senior built the first Navajas bodega at that time, now supplanted by a state-of-the-art facility introduced by his son Antonio Jr., now in charge. Here, the wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks before ageing in new oak barrels. Navajas get their hands on some of the finest fruit from Rioja’s best vineyards. They used to sell on the fruit to the big names including CVNE but now, wisely, have decided to keep it for themselves. Unsurprisingly the Rioja made here is quintessential – soft, round and oaky. The approachability of Antonio’s wines, which combine trademark fresh fruit and clean oak characters, is what makes them so popular with members. All the red wines are 80-85% tempranillo with garnacha and mazuelo (aka carignan) making up the balance. The white is predominantly viura.
Rioja sits shielded in northern Spain between the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda to the south. Both of these rocky ranges play their part in creating a suitable climate for the production of fine wines, shielding the region from cold winds from the Atlantic and hot winds from the Mediterranean.Rioja is split into three sub-regions, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Rioja Alavesa – Bounded in the north by the craggy Sierra de la Cantabria and in the south by the Ebro river, and sitting in the foothills of the former, Rioja Alavesa feels a distinct Atlantic influence on its weather, despite the protection of the mountains. It has twice the rainfall of Rioja Baja to the south-east and enjoys cooler temperatures on average. The classic Rioja mainstay tempranillo is king here and makes up more than 80% of plantings, supported by garnacha, mazuelo (aka carignan elsewhere) and graciano for red wines, and viura, malvasia and garnacha blanca for whites. Chalk and clay soils proliferate. Generally, the wines of Rioja Alavesa are considered the most finely balanced of Rioja reds.Rioja Alta – Elegant reds are considered the hallmark of Alta wines. A great chunk of the major producers are based in Rioja Alta, concentrated on the town of Haro. Warmer and a bit drier than Alavesa, it also enjoys slightly hotter, more Mediterranean influenced summers and has a range of clay based soils. The reddish, iron rich clays provide a nurturing home for tempranillo while those bearing a chalkier element support the white viura well. Alluvial soils closer to the river are often home to malvasia for blending in to whites. In this area mazuelo is a regular addition to Rioja blends, providing some tannic sinew and beefing up the colour, and the reds here will often take a more significant underpinning of oak.Rioja Baja – Most of Rioja Baja is south of the Ebro and further south and east of its neighbouring sub-regions. Summers in Rioja Baja are more often than not very warm and dry, with vineyards at lower elevations than its neighbours. Consequently soils are predominantly silt and other alluvial deposits with little chalk present, and garnacha reigns supreme among the red varieties because of its ability to deal almost effortlessly with the heat. As a rule, reds from Baja are higher in alcohol and less elegant than in Alavesa and Alta, though of course there are always exceptions and particularly so as viticulture and winemaking improves with every passing year.RIOJA CLASSIFICATIONS AND STYLES EXPLAINED The official Rioja classification is a guarantee of the amount of ageing a wine has undergone. Usually the best wines receive the longest maturation but this does not guarantee quality, which is why it is just as important to follow producer. Crianza: Minimum two years (with at least 12 months in barrel)Reserva: Minimum three years (at least 12 months in barrel)Gran Reserva: Minimum five years (at least 24 months in barrel)What can be confusing is that producers use different ageing techniques (for example some might use American oak, others French, others a mix of both) which will influence the style, structure and flavour of the wine. To help you find the style you like we have split the wines into the following designations. Traditional: Fragrant, silky wines from long ageing in cask (usually American oak) and bottle; ready to drink on release. Modern-classical: Younger, rounder wines that retain the delicious character of Rioja through cask ageing (often a mix of American and French oak) with the structure to develop in bottle. Modern: Richer, velvety wines aged for less time in newer (usually) French oak; released earlier and may need keeping.
The 2015 harvest in Spain looks pretty good everywhere. The summer was continuously hot and dry, so even if in some areas the volume of production is down (smaller grapes due to evaporation and the fruit contracting with the heat) things look healthy. Rioja had the earliest harvest on record – three weeks earlier than usual – and tempranillo was picked at full ripeness in the northern sub-districts. These wines have a long way to go until they are released onto the market. In Ribera del Duero the season was also, like Rioja, hot and dry and the harvest was smaller than 2014 by 30% or so. Older vines, with their deeper roots were able to find moisture more readily than young vines.In Galicia hot, dry conditions were alleviated in August when a little rain fell and a little rot crept in to some vineyards. However, the harvest took place in mid-September in excellent conditions and has proved to be very overall.
"Remains one of the house favourites. Unashamed oaky Rioja with bags of vanilla on the nose which may be overdone for some palettes.
Price has increased to the point where it's no longer the bargain it was.
"I have been a fan of Navajas' wines since I first imported them into Scotland in the early '90s. I have bought the last three or four vintages from the Society now that I am unemployed (retired) and have not been disappointed, but... 2015 is back to the style of wine of the early '90s, lots of oak, but carefully, even delicately handled, wonderful fruit underpinned by leathery vanilla oak, great balance of acidity and damson fruit. The Society's best value?"
"The vanilla was overpowering to the point of being unpleasant."
"Lovely Rioja. Lots of vanilla notes and well balanced for a crianza. "
"Great value for money. Raspberry and strawberry jam on the nose with a background of freshly cut wood. Soft on the palette, the oak marries really well with the red fruits. There's a hint of bite and tannin but not enough to take away from the wine. Benefits from a lower alcohol volume. Airing not required but may take away the (little) bite of the tannin."
I would recommend this wine
"¡Salud! to all involved at every stage of the journey of the grapes from the vineyards in Rioja to the bottle on my table. This is a gorgeous wine that evokes so much of what I miss about Spain these days. Glorious."
"Tremendous value. This wine has a bit of depth, lovely fruit and a hint of vanilla. Smooth to drink without being bland great with everyday food and by itself. At this price I will be ordering more "
"A Beautiful smooth opulent Rioja, with underlying oak.
Vibrant fruits fill the palate. Great with Lamb. Highly recommended. "
"Superb Rioja with lots of oak but enough fruit to prevent the vanilla being too dominant. Great value."
"We were lucky enough to receive a bottle in our mystery case (which is case of excellent value).
It’s delicious, plenty of vanilla.
Here’s hoping the next vintage is as good."
"This was so delicious that I was about to order more but sadly it is out of stock. Might be a new favorite. Very smooth and full of flavor. Vanilla and dark fruit. So good. Will definitely buy again if it restocks "
"Enjoyable straight after opening, very recognisable as a rioja of a certain maturity. Strangely got a bit bored with it on days 2 and 3. Can't pin why down but will probably buy again - good value at the price."
"I don't usually like Rioja finding them too acidic for my taste; but this wine has changed my mind. A lovely wine very smooth and very drinkable. It went very well with a paella that I had made."
"I ordered two bottles. On opening the first, the underside of the cork was of a pale, washed out reddish purple and had a slightly acrid smell. The wine also had a similar unpleasant smell and tasted bitter. I opened the second bottle and found it shared the same characteristics. Both seemed obviously corked, at least. I rang WS and the adviser thought the wine sounded oxidised as well. He credited my account. I would not risk buying it again."
"The first bottle of this we tried was exceptional and would have got 5 stars. We bought more and it has been somewhat variable. Two bottles were undrinkable so TWS credited us. A few others have been ok but nothing to write home about. The good ones are fabulous! So for us it's been a bit hit and miss because of bottle variation. Maybe we have just been unlucky. Shame because it's stonkingly good value when it's right."
"Fruity and complex with a vein of vanilla. Enjoyed this very much and will re-order."
"Hard to add anything new to all the previous reviews. Exceptional wine for the price. Smooth fruity I will definitely order more. Great midweek wine at home "
"Beautifully balanced Rioja. Just enough oak not t be overpowering. It's my favourite in this price range. I will be buying more!"
"pronounced nose vanilla, leather, red fruit
Medium body very smooth"
"Lovely oaky vanilla Rioja with nice fruit as well my house favourite"
"Love this wine! So rich, rounded and full bodied. So good. "
"First time I have bought this wine and I was v.impressed. Tastes like a decent bottle would in a good restaurant/bar in Spain. For the price it's a bit of a bargain.
"Not the quality I expected but that might be because the cork was dry & broke on extraction."
"Not a terrible wine but a bit too dry. "
"Fruity, pleasant enough. Don't think it makes it onto my must-buy-again list though."
"Little to add to previous rave reviews.It just never disappoints and at this point is remarkable good value.If you like vanilla and fruit forward notes you will simply love this wine."
"Fantastic wine, especially for the cost. Great value."
"Delicious wine. Beautiful oak and vanilla on the nose and then velvet and silk in the mouth. Fantastic value."
"This wine is Superb and I know I am not a connoisseur in fine wines BUT this is enjoyable drinking wine"
"If you like wine with your vanilla then this is for you, but the vanilla flavour is too over-powering for my taste. It is very smooth, and there are some nice sweet fruits there somewhere, but I wouldn't buy this again. "
"Will be most probably my favourite crianza. Oaky(high quality oak), riped fruits and berries. Not very complex, but very good value."
"Outstanding for the price and I have been a regular buyer for many years. Tried so many other Riojas and deals from supermarkets, but always return to this favourite - as the rest of my family agrees. 2015 maintains the high standard."
"oak, oak and more oak. Did I mention oak? this is a seriously oaky wine, so if not to your taste don't go for it. Don't get me wrong I like a bit of toasty oak but this was too much. I recall buying this wine often when I first joined the society about 8 years ago and the oak was well judged and integrated (the 2010 is particular). The bottle of this vintage I tried (2015) was not to my palette at all. Seems like lazy wine making in my humble opinion, but what do I know. taste is subjective. thanks to the WS for refunding me. "
"Just about the best Rioja I have tasted .. yes it’s a little heavy with vanilla and yes it’s not as complicated as a french Pinot noir but when you want an uncomplicated easy drinking red I would always reach for this .. expensive .. really .. I don’t think so .. it is what it is .. a beautifully crafted punchy red full of flavour .. enjoy .. cos I sure do ... ??"
"An easy 5 stars for the price. Leaves Exhibition Riojas trailing!"
"This is a lovely wine. My partner and I enjoyed it so much that I am feeling slightly guilty for only giving it four stars. If the stars represented value for money, I would definitely have given it five!! Try it - especially if you are a Pinot Noir aficionado - you will not be disappointed. "
"Rather an old style Rioja. Especially good for a Crianza. Vaniila nose, decent fruit, oak and a bit leathery, decent length. Good value for money, especially if you hark back to old style. Just ordering half a dozen."
"Very good, but full of 'New World' style oaking - smacks of it! Despite that, though, it's drinkable.
Not sure it's my favourite at this price, but I've enjoyed it nonetheless.
"Very nice rioja - just putting in a re-order."
"Have to say not to my taste. flavours are dominated by spices particularly cloves. Thank you WS for taking it back."
"Blew my absolute mind. Strong oaky but the dark fruity notes hold their ground. Defo one to try. "
"My go to Crianza, simply delicious."
"I agree wholeheartedly with Philip Dodd. This great, long standing WS bottle is about to tip well beyond my comfort pricing and has already ceased to be the bargain it once was. Seems that's the way when a wine hits the popularity lists.
Still, I'd recommend the wine itself – though not the price – to anyone."
"I enjoyed this wine. Had a lot of body to it with a good taste. I share a bottle with my wife at meal time. I would like to have drank the whole bottle. Will have to buy some more/"
"Delicious. Robust vanilla on the nose with enough fruit on the palate to back it up. Not a bargain but good value at the price as it's better than some reservas I've had recently. Recommended. "
The Oldie 11th Nov 2020
"… trademark Rioja
oakiness and gently spicy, black fruits. - Bill Knott"
"Not great for me. When I pop the cork I like to see the deep colour stain and this is weak. Not aged for long admittedly but expected better given the reviews. Maybe Crianza is a little light for me but still ok for £8. "
Mr Greig P Godfrey (01-Nov-2018)
"Good young Rioja. Plenty of fruit with a vanilla aroma."
Ms Louisa Mason (14-Jul-2018)
"TWS's notes seem optimistic here. It's quite astringent and only improves a little after some contact with the air. Hard to tell where the legitimate pepper/red spice of tempranillo ends and the rather coarse features of the wine begin. This is decent table wine for drinking with robust and rustic foods; it's not as (or at all) sophisticated as the notes suggest."
Mr Tom Lavercombe (17-Jun-2018)
"Just tried this last night and was very pleased I did. Just about to order a case."
Mr Oliver M Bevan-Thomas (09-Jun-2018)
"Excellent wine for the price. Really enjoyed it and preferred it to more expensive Rojas."
Mr Francis Maguire (03-Apr-2018)
"I love this for a slightly pricey everyday drinker. The oak appeals to my blunted midweek palate. I don’t feel fancy, I just feel good."
Mr Edward Bogira (28-Jan-2018)
"I have reviewed and enjoyed earlier vintages of this wine before.
I ordered 2 bottles of 2013 for the Christmas period and was disappointed. The wine does not represent a Rioja at all in my opinion and is quite unremarkable. There is a small amount of oak on the nose but none of this follows through when tasted and there is a distinct lack of velvety smoothness I associate with Rioja.
I think Rioja is one of the most distinctive wines to taste but these 2 bottles could have been anything."
Mr Martin Wingate (27-Dec-2017)
"Least favourite wine....ever"
Mr David Black (30-Nov-2017)
"Wonderful wine - we tried this in a mixed case and have now just order a full case of this. No going back on this one."
Mr V Imondi (30-Nov-2017)
"This is a very good rioja at an excellent price. Lovely ruby colour, light nose and excellent drinking. Just enough vanilla matching the fruit and an excellent level of acidity making it very moreish. Not too much in the way of tannin either which gets my vote.
Really impressed and will make this a regular order."
Mr Colin Lewis (03-Nov-2017)
"Delicious. Great value and one I always go back for"
Mr Luke Spencer (17-Oct-2017)
"I like Rioja and this was a very pleasant surprise as part of a mixed case. I agree with Richard that it was at its best soon after opening and was a bit "thin" after a few hours but still pleasant enough. Very good value in my view."
Mr David Milner (11-Oct-2017)
"I can only say that I obviously don't like Rioja after all. Compared to a half decent Cabernet Sauvignon or a decent Grenache, this is paint stripper. I bought three of these, all the same. No more thank you."
Mr Julian Boyce (09-Jun-2017)
"Gorgeous. My 'go-to' bottle
Great when you just opened it. Even better a couple of hours later."
Mr Richard Taylor (30-May-2017)
Lancashire Evening Post (6th Nov 2017)
"This wine is 95%
tempranillo 5% mazuelo and is aged in American and French oak barrels for 12
months before at least 12 months bottle ageing. A touch of traditional Rioja
with fresh red fruits, the oak imparts vanilla and ageing a touch of leather. - Colin Burbidge"
"How on earth can this be only £7.75 a bottle - and post Brexit at that? Lovely, smooth, warm red. Had it with steak & chips on Saturday night and the rest of the bottle is just as fresh at the end of a particularly hideous Tuesday."
Mr Ian Oddie (17-Jan-2017)
"Delicious! Perfect example of a Rioja and excellent value at this price. Would thoroughly recommend this wine."
Mr Matt Burnage (10-Jan-2017)
Dr Jonathan Harikrishnan (08-Jan-2017)
"Served this at a family gathering and everyone condidered it outstanding value and tasting just like a rioja should be. A regular tipple for us"
J Collett Esq (23-Dec-2016)
"I've had a couple of bottles of this now at different times. The first time I was somewhat unimpressed and really nothing special when compared to other Riojas we were having as part of a small tasting. No real anything about it really - not bad, not good, just very forgettable.
The second time I had a similar experience upon opening the bottle - but then leaving it until the next day worked wonders and the wine opened up enormously to give a lovely depth of fruit. So, recommended - but maybe decant for at least an hour or two to get the very best of it.
(To add, this second tasting was also alongside other Riojas including the Society's Rioja Crianza to which it compared favourably and worth the extra £.)"
Mr Peter Hammersley (17-Nov-2016)
"Not the best Rioja i ever had, but not the worst either, good value and worth a try for those looking for something at the lower end of the price range.
Did not dissappoint"
Mr Neville Clifford (08-Nov-2016)
Mr Alex Jones (08-Nov-2016)
"Continually re-ordered by our house as a firm favourite. Great value, enjoyed by everyone I've begrudgingly shared it with. Highly recommended"
Mr Will Collison (22-Sep-2016)
"Enjoyed this one. Less sweetness and more elegance than many similar Riojas, very satisfying"
Dr David Rickeard (30-Aug-2016)
Dr Pippa Lane (20-Aug-2016)
"Great value red. Smooth, rich flavour with a nice finish.
Came as part of the Members favourites and you can see why."
Mr Sanjay Pindolia (15-Aug-2016)
Mrs Eve L Reed (11-Aug-2016)
"Excellent everyday wine.
Easy drinking on its own or better still with beef / lamb.
Good bouquet of red fruits with hints of oak on tasting but with surprising long black currant aftertaste.
A snip at the WS price."
Mr Glyn Dixon (11-Aug-2016)
"More like a 4.5 star as money-wise, this is almost flawless. More oak than you'd expect for a Crianza but just right for me.
Pretty versatile and had recently with some BBQ lamb kebabs and it worked well."
Mr Martin Wingate (11-Aug-2016)
"Monstrously oaky, if that's your bag then it's excellent value, but for me too "modern"."
Mr Amos Miller (27-Apr-2016)
"Reliably excellent. My house red. Never lets me down. Lovely warm, rich flavour - more so than you may expect from a Crianza. A steal."
Mr Kevin Barry (06-Apr-2016)
"Was very impressed with this. Great flavours of vanilla with a rustic old-worldiness which I haven't previously encountered in a Rioja. Am re-ordering right now!"
Mr Matt Ridley (15-Feb-2016)
The Scotsman (6th Feb 2016)
"Star value buy: Soft
rounded with a hint of spicy oak, this is a bargain price for Rioja.
Modern in style with a nod to the old with its leathery earthy
undertones. Made by Navajas (previously known a Bodegas Ariona) who used
to sell off their grapes to the big producers, but now craft their own blends
of tempranillo, garnacha and carignan. - Rose Murray Brown"
"The wine has a clean aroma of primary red fruit (red plums) and black fruit (black cherries). There is secondary aroma of oak (resin and vanilla). The wine is dry with good acidity and tannins that are grippy. The alcohol and body are well balanced. There is good intensity of primary fruit flavours of black fruit (black cherries) and red fruit (strawberries). The secondary flavours are of oak (resin and vanilla). The oak is not fully integrated into the rest of the wine indicating youth. The finish is nice but not long. A good crianza that is still in its youth."
Mr Neil Dyas (22-Dec-2015)
"Lovely wine. Bags of flavour. Was a perfect match to a slow cooked ragu. Has a great smell of wood fires. I really like that. Agree with all previous posts - give it some time to breath. It'll settle out the tannins that are just a tad too pronounced on opening. Would suggest it's drinkable by itself, but it's very potent. Indeed, it's worth noting the bottle states 14% which differs from the 13.5% listed on the site at time of posting. Personally I don't understand why a wine has to made so strong. But I seem to be in the minority."
Mr Tom Watts (17-Nov-2015)
"Bitter sweet candied sour cherries, woody then creamy aftertaste. Quite a sweet wine but the wine's big enough for it not to dominate. It's quite upfront and zingy. After a few hours in the decanter it was a lot more rounded and the sweetness less noticeable. As a reference it is of a significant higher quality than the orange labelled Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva in the supermarkets for £8-10+. Very good."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (13-Nov-2015)
"Really fantastic wine punching well above its price point, if you like The Society's Rioja I would recommend that you grab a bottle or two of this as well!"
Mr David Mitchell (14-Oct-2015)
"2011 is as good as ever to my mind. I'm a bit lost when I run out of my stocks of this wine - nothing else red in this price bracket is so versatile, crown-pleasing and reliably good."
Mr Kevin Barry (06-Oct-2015)
"What a cracking wine, super drinkable and would be happy if I had paid £10 for it. At £7.25 I will certainly be ordering more. I did decant for an hour or so (as always) and drank it at a good room temperature which undoubtedly both helped."
Mr Neil Cooper (08-Aug-2015)
"This 2011 doesn't quite hit the heights of the preceding vintages but nonetheless is great quality for the money, especially when bought at WS Montreuil. I would strongly recommend decanting this wine for at least an hour before drinking."
Mr Paul Everett (14-Jul-2015)
"Really enjoyed it. Not sure it's quite as good as the 2010 but as that has been out of stock for months..."
Mr Francis Maguire (25-Jun-2015)
The Sunday Times (6th Sep 2015)
"This is an absolute
winner for the money, ticking every box for a reliable house Rioja - smooth,
round, oaky and full of red fruit. - Will Lyons"
"Fabulous. Could pass as a Reserva."
Mr Martin Wingate (22-Feb-2015)
"A wise man once told me never touch a Rioja that was not at least Reserva. Well having enjoyed this beauty not quite so wise now. And what value at this price!"
Mr Brian Donnelly (15-Jan-2015)
"End of case. Lovely wine - oak very well integrated, fruit sweet and fresh. The wine 'flows'. On the debit side, two bottles were clearly corked."
Professor John L Moles (05-Jan-2015)
"One of our house reds, I usually buy a case of this every year - good, traditional Rioja, ready to drink (and delicious) on delivery, but it really does repay a year or two extra cellaring, everything comes together beautifully. Great value for money."
Mr John N M Richardson (24-Nov-2014)
"Excellent Rioja for the money, smooth straight out of the bottle with lots of fruit."
Mr Richard Wigley (21-Oct-2014)
"Navajas 2007 crianza opened May 2014, soft but not light, oaky and fruity.....superb and great value. Had me reaching for the catalogue to line up another case....sadly only 2011 available. Well done....few more years yet remaining, I would say."
Mr W R Pierce (21-May-2014)
"2009 drunk Xmas 2013. I have been a fan of the Society's own label Rioja for many years but have found more recent offerings to be a little on the light side in terms of taste and nose. Tried this and compared with the own label bottle of same vintage with a Rioja loving friend and we both agreed the Navajos was more our sort of crianza. More fruit on the nose and that wonderful Rioja oakiness at the back of the mouth. The lightness of a crianza compared with a reserva is so attractive but when it is vinified in such a way that it becomes too weak to the "modern" palate, it loses much of it's unique appeal I think."
Mr Bernard J Barton (20-Apr-2014)
Harpers (30th Jun 2014)
"Textbook smooth and
sleek Rioja. - Heather Dougherty"
"A very impressive wine for the price. Real balance, depth and complexity, with perhaps only the finish betraying its value, but this is nit-picking. As most others have said this wine is a delicious bargain and I will definitely buy it again."
Mr Paul Everett (25-Jan-2014)
"I bought this 2009 Rioja crianza as part of a Spanish reds case, and it stood out from the rest with its well judged vanillin oak intensity. Really delicious and a great wine at the price."
Mr David C MacDonald (20-Jan-2014)
"Over the last couple of years I have worked my way through a fair slice of the WS rioja listings (it's a dirty job etc). I order this wine with more regularity than any other. It is excellent IMHO and I will probably now buy a case to survive the festive period. Enjoy."
Mr Aron Hills (05-Nov-2013)
"I am greatly pleased that Mr Bird has changed his opinion of this wine, as I believe it to be, in value terms, one of the finest Rioja's I have tried. And believe me, over the years I've drunk a few! Yes, there are better, and more expensive, wines, but on a pound spent v. quality ratio, for me this comes out on top. Highly recommended."
Mr Martin R Cannon (31-Oct-2013)
"I must moderate my initial comments about this wine. Having left it open for 24 hours and allowed it to come up to room temperature, it has now become a pleasant, typical Rioja, with the oak in good balance."
Mr David F J Bird (12-Sep-2013)
"This was really the most unpleasant Rioja I have ever tasted. It was nothing more than oak essence, with virtually no fruit whatsoever. This was very disappointing, as previous shipments have been very pleasant and typical of traditional Rioja."
Mr David F J Bird (01-Sep-2013)
"We recently served this (along with a Rueda white from the Society) at our wedding. Numerous guests commented on how delicious it was and since we were fortunate to have a couple of cases left over, it is now our "house Rioja" too! Having lived in Spain for 3 years and therefore very familiar with the wonderful offerings the Society stocks from the likes of Contino, Muga, La Rioja Alta (but Ardanza/Arana not the Society's Exhibition Rioja which is disapponting); I entirely agree with other reviewers that this is an excellent example for the price. It obviously does not have the complexity of its more expensive cousins, but pre-order it and pick up from Montreuil as I did and you have a bargain!"
Mr Duncan Stiles (15-Feb-2013)
"I'm sorry to spoil the party... this bottle was a real disappointment; rough on day one, flat and bitter on the second day. Won't be trying it again."
Mr Anthony M Mansell (20-Jan-2013)
"As has been said before, this is a very good wine for the money and has become my 'house Rioja'. Can't fault it for the price."
Mr Aron Hills (29-Nov-2012)
"We have drunk many vintages of this since 2004 and it is a much-loved and reliable house staple. Yes we lean towards Spain in our wines - and Tempranillo and La Rioja in particular. But this label is consistently good and, for our modest palates, outperforms a good number of more expensive wines in what can be a self-inflating market. This we can buy with confidence!"
Mr Andrew K Smiley (12-Oct-2012)
"I find this the best priced of this wine type (many of which are overpriced) and it continuously pleases myself, freinds and family. To quote my daughter, "I don't like wine but I like that"."
Mr Alan Weaser (03-Oct-2012)
"A really great, enjoyable Rioja."
Mr Stuart Williams (29-Sep-2012)
"I love Rioja and have probably spent too much time and money sampling a great deal of them over many years. I have favourites, all of which cost at least 20% more than this little beauty. A Rioja Alta for a very good price. Long may it continue to be available"
Mr Rory Earley (27-Sep-2012)
"John Holford is quite right. A very good rioja and thank you Wine Society for the reasonable charge"
Mr John R Locking (27-Sep-2012)
"A classic Rioja at a very competitive price. I'm quite fussy about my Rioja having had quite a lot here and in Spain over many years. This is very much a bargain. Serve at cellar temperature rather than room temperature."
Mr Alan Wells (27-Sep-2012)
"I was asked if I would like to submit a review of this wine. That must have been because I have become a regular buyer of it! I despair of reviews which talk of apples, gooseberries, leather, oak and long noses etc. I do, however, have plenty of experience of red wines, particularly Riojas (partly due to a long career in the City), and can assure you that this one is a winner, especially at this price. Try it and see. I'm not even being paid to write this, and I will be watching closely to make sure they don't increase the price."
Mr John Holford (27-Sep-2012)
"A friend introduced me to his wine and I liked it immediately and assumed that it had a £10 price tag. I was then delighted to find that the Society stocked it and at a great price - it is a regular order now."
Mr John Tattersall (02-Mar-2012)
"Our first impression was disappointing. We have had better Rioja for the same price or less, however, after a little while left to breathe it does get better."
Mr Patrick Fox (13-Nov-2011)
"Needed a good couple of hours in the decanter to open up, after which a lovely bottle showed its face. Medium bodied, taught structure, nice red fruits wound around quality minerality. Oak already well integrated. Quite a refined, polished style. Will prob be at its best in a few years."
Mr William Davies (23-Sep-2011)
"Didn't think anything could crow-bar me away from the Society Rioja. Quality is so variable - cliched but true unfortunately. But this very possibly might well do. A great find after a 'what the buyers are drinking' promo. Great stuff."
Mr Andrew Maybin (17-Jul-2011)
"This came as part of Members Favourites and we enjoyed this wine thoroughly!"
Mr Andreas Voniatis (20-Mar-2011)
"Lovely mouthwatering strawberry fruit with mellow vanilla flavours. I decanted the wine because the cork collapsed and left it for 30mins to settle. Perhaps an extra hour or two would have been better as the wine seemed fuller with time. I prefer the mature flavours of the Society's Rioja Crianza however the Navajas makes a pleasant change."
Mr Chris Barclay (23-Aug-2010)
"An absolute winner both in quality and price. Tried it for the first time recently and have just placed an order for plenty more. Lovely Rioja."
Mrs Eve L Reed (06-Aug-2010)
"This is an excellent wine. No better Crianza at this price. Smooth, rich, velvety. Very satisfying.I always add a couple of bottles to my order as it never disappoints."
Mr Kevin Barry (22-Jul-2010)
"Just the perfect Rioja ! First tried a bottle of the 1995 Crianza in 1998, and have been drinking it ever since. I very rarely buy wine that is more expensive - it would only disappoint. Will open another bottle tonight !"
Mr Dave Parsons (27-Nov-2009)
"We have enjoyed Navajas Crianza Rioja for many years and are always delighted with this wine. Excellent with lamb."
Mr Jonathan P Merkens (19-Nov-2009)
"I have to agree with the other reviewers - excellent fruity wine at a very reasonable price. One of my first bottles (a new member) so will definitely be coming back for more of this one."
Mr Matthew Kirk (17-Nov-2009)
"This flirty, squidgy, plummy wine with it's hint of tangerine is a tempting house wine that never disappoints us."
Mr David Tapper (16-Nov-2009)
"Lovely Rioja at an excellent price. We thoroughly enjoyed it with lamb shanks."
Mr Robert W Woods (16-Nov-2009)
"This is undoubtedly the best Rioja I have ever tasted"
Mr David Vasey (14-Nov-2009)
"A delicious wine and excellent value for money. When you friends keep asking for it again and again you know you have a winner!"
Dr Michael J Tate (11-Nov-2009)
"This was my 2nd purchase of this wine. It is just how a Rioja should be. If you can find quality better than this at the price, please let me know. I could not imagine anyone being disappointed with this wine. To me its what the Wine Society is all about. If you have not tried it I would fully recommend. It is far better than many Reservas you can find elsewhere."
Mr John R Howson (11-Nov-2009)
"I have been buying this wine now for many months as I think the 2005 is a fantastic vintage. Its everything a Rioja should taste like and at a very good price. I don't know why I am doing this review as all that can happen is that it will sell out!"
Mr Michael Tungay (11-Nov-2009)
"I have become increasingly impressed with Spanish wines of late, Crianza, Rioja is one of the best and this Navajas Crianza has great depth and a mellowness which to me defines a first class wine, it's a pleasure to drink!"
Mr George Colman (11-Nov-2009)
"This is one of my favourite wines and a regular purchase for everyday drinking. A delicious balance of fruit, oak and soft tannins. Highly recommended."
Mr Iain Harper (11-Feb-2009)
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