The 4 Wines of 2013

Look forward to these wines trending big time in the new year


« Prev Next » 9 of 13
An Upward Climb

But here too, in Rioja, it’s easy to see the prices beginning to slide upwards. It’s fascinating actually, to watch the wines of one producer after another being discovered by a broader audience. Prices for wines from Lopez de Heredia, and the top cuvees from Marques de Murrieta, La Rioja Alta, and Muga, for example, all seem to be gaining a following among the cognoscenti. Other producers rise to fill the voids left by increasing prices, though even then many wines do remain attractively priced.

Perhaps the most disturbing recent development with the wines of Rioja has happened with back vintage wines, generally a harbinger of things to come. The great wines of Rioja, bottles from the 40s, 50s, and 60s were, until very recently, dirt cheap in the secondary markets. That has all changed with many great wines commanding prices in the 100s of dollars, commensurate with their quality. As old wines rise in price, so too do the younger vintages. Collectors are now able to justify the investment with the promise of high returns in the long run! It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts, except when it isn’t.

Rioja image via Shutterstock

Mentioned in this article


  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
    1167110 64

    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Add a Comment

Search Articles

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Snooth Media Network