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At an ordinary session held on 15 July 2005, the Control Board Plenary of the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja, made the following decisions among others:
Considering that the Regulations of the DOCa RIOJA (Order APA/3465/2004, of 20 October 2004, Annex 2, section II.1.four), determine that:
“Samples will be taken during the ninety days after 30 November of the year of harvest. Sampling can be brought forwardd for those winemakers that request it, with the exclusive purpose of quickly selling young wines from that harvest. To this end, the Control Board Technical Service will draw up a schedule of visits to the different localities within the scope of the designation of origin, so that the collection of samples is carried out in an orderly manner.”
Considering that the ratification process is implemented according to the aforementioned Annex 2 of the DOCa RIOJA Regulations.
The following procedures and requirements are set for the purposes described:
As established in the aforementioned standard, the Control Board may bring forward the taking of samples for certain purposes, in which case it is necessary to determine the necessary conditions to guarantee that the classification is brought forward with the necessary guarantees of compliance with the regulations set by the Control Board, for which it is unavoidable to satisfy the requirements and procedures that are detailed below:
Early Classification of 10% of the harvest:
Considering that the fulfilment of these requirements can delay or make infeasible the possibility of early classification of the whole harvest, it was considered convenient by the Control Board Plenary, to enable the partial classification, which was finalised for 10% of each type of wine, prior to the presentation of the total that, in general, the regulation sets during the 90 days after 30 November of the year of harvest, always with the premise of the exclusive purpose of a rapid sale of young wines of that harvest.
The Plenary decision on the partial early classification was notified through official circular No. 22/97 of 10 November 1997.
During these years, this decision has been applied, but some interpretation issues haves arisen that makes it necessary to clarify its content.
For this purpose, the following is determined:
You are hereby notified for your knowledge and such effects as may obtain.
Logroño, 24 February 2006.
Víctor Pascual Artacho
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