Rioja Wine

The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. Rioja's renaissance, in the latter half of the 19th century, was a direct result of the phyloxera bug that decimated vineyards around the globe. While English merchants came to Rioja to replace their French imports, the wines here actually have much more in common with Chianti. Both wines are blend relying heavily on one grape, in this case Tempranillo. Like Chianti’s Sangiovese, Tempranillo usually produces a relatively high acid wine of medium to medium-full body. Tempranillo tends to produce wines with a dusty, leathery edge to their raspberry and blackberry fruit tones. With additions of Graciano, Mazuela and Grancha the wines of Rioja can take on additional layers of flavor and aroma but the tradition of extended oak aging for Rioja's great wines contributes an even more obvious imprint. While the Spaniards have traditionally been a fan of the strong vanilla and coconut component that American oak Read more »

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

  • Bodegas LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Marqués de Vargas

    Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Lo...

  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • La Yunta Torrontes Famatina Valley Argentina 2015


    Perfumed wildflower aromas with notes of peach, apple and pear. A bit simple on the palate, but light and clean with notes of pear and apple, juicy and fresh and pleasant with a bit of an earthy finish. Easy and breezy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • I enjoyed a few movies yesterday while Sandra took the Metro into the district ... 6 PM, was this old favorite Rioja and grilled pork chops.  Very tasty.  Our oldest kitty Julieanne joined me once I built a fire.  She loves the warmth of a nice fir Read More

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  • Rio Madre Rioja Tempranillo 2014


    Good amount of sediment. Full bodied. Missing tempranillo sweetness. It got buried in the complexity. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • La Puerta Famatina Valley Argentina 'Classico' Torrontes 2016


    it was relatively pleasant notwithstanding something seemed to be missing but insignificant enough to be ignored Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • We dined at The Wine House again this evening, but it didn't turn out too ... our favorite bottle (2006 Rioja Grand Reserva).  We had her meal boxed up and headed home, with a half-bottle of wine along for the ride.  We have tickets for a dance performance at George Mason University that are now wasted, so that's $86 out the window.  Oh well. ... Read More

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  • I see where the black slate comes from.  I recently tried a red from ... ... ... body than the wines from Rioj Read More

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  • I enjoyed this Spanish wine (Toro region) yesterday, my Cat Tuesday in case ... than a typical example from Rioja.&nbs Read More

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  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try ... ... a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their wine list that was listed at $95, about double the retail price.  Invino gave it 4 out of 5 stars.  The wine improved a bit with air in the decanter, but I probably should have just spent another $50 to get a nice Caber... Read More

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  • Marques de Murrieta Gran Reserva Rioja Finca Ygay Limited Edition 2007


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • We did the taste comparison of our two 2012 Spanish Rioja Reserva wines tonight (during the final World Series game) and while both were very tasty, Sandra and I agreed that the Izadi (number 2) was the better one.  It had a bit more fruit, while the Nucerro (number 1) had more oak.  They were only a dollar apart in cost.  Neither one was decant... Read More

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