La Rioja Wine

La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.

While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Malbec

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

  • Macabeo

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

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  • One case where retsina worked just fine, even far away from the eastern Mediterranean. Have probably had 3 or 4 dozen different retsina bottlings, and a few of them were exceedingly fine. Light on the pine tar, judicious on the oak. 206700 Reply by dmcker, Feb 20, 2010. EditLast night I was at a Greek restaurant for a going away party, which was... Read More

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  • Casado Morales Rioja Eme Graciano 2009


    Dark almost black plum color in the glass. Musty, smoky nose with hints of black fruit. Almost cabernet-like flavors on the tonguecassiswith some spiciness. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon comparison has been made, this is not as full-bodied as thatmore in the range of a Syrah. Some hints of anise flavor, and some black cherry. Moderate acid an... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, you didn't even wait for the end of the month.  Naughty boy.I can't find the post right now, but recently RBA reported a visit to Total Wines where he used a coupon to buy some wine.  The bottle that caught my eye, of course, was the 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs.  I've been ... Read More

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  • Cepas Elegidas la Rioja Torrontes 2010


    Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures with native yeasts and the aromatics are incredible! It felt like a perfect mix of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio, crisp yet full in the mouth, with beautiful stone and tropical fruits. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • V V - Glad to hear that 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was still drinkable.  I am reluctant to hang onto wines past the 15 year point for fear that they will be too far gone to enjoy.  Sometimes we get a wine where the wine club says they should be good for the next 15 years but usually the tasting notes say 5-7 years will show improvement (downhill fr... Read More

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  • Las Lajas Estate la Rioja Argentina Malbec 'Reserva" 2011


    this is a very rich, smooth, full of character, full bodied malbec that may only need aerated with decanting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • You can search past Forum threads for examples of differing wine approaches to that meal. Even if the wines might be too pricey they'll give you hints about what might be good matches. Here's one example I wrote about five years ago.Going with your budget this year, I'd agree with JD's excellent recommendation of the Produttori del Barbaresco La... Read More

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  • Avenida 67 Torrontes 2013


    Very nice, sweet aroma. Enjoyably light and fruity - pineapple, mineral water, and a little yogurt. A fine summer sipper, and a good bargain. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • No need to Abandon CA Cabernet just might try experimenting with some that can age a while and bring more complexity. Getting a good Dunn Napa Valley (might set you back $60 - 90+) but if you can find with some age on it...'99, '01, '02, '04, and even '06 might be some good vintages to try. Also like Corison for a larger scaled, but sti... Read More

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