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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  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006


    Distinctly greenish hue. Delicate floral nose of musky orange blossom. Palate surprisingly full. Initially zesty citrus fruit then peach kicks in as it warms up. A slight kerosene touch to the long finish. Complex but a bit full for me. Read More

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2008


    Zolo is my go-to Torrontes, and the 2008 vintage doesn't disappoint. Zolo has the most complexity of any Torrontes I've tasted in this price range. Nicely balanced, and a great summer sipper! Read More

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  • The Prop Shiraz 2007


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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2011


    One of my favorite Torrontes. Full bodied, aromatic and reasonably prized. Read More

    Wine review by MontgMWine

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2008


    Particularly complex nose for a wine in this price range. There's a ton of tropical fruit, pear, apple, banana, floral, and honey notes going on. It's really quite interesting to stick your nose in. In the mouth the wine is quite viscous and coats your mouth, but its not thick. There's a touch of sweetness to go with the good acidity and a lot o... Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2008


    pale lemon green color; lemon-lime citrus, tropical fruit, banana, melon, floral, honey suckle on the nose; on the lighter side of medium bodied, a touch of sweetness, fruit flavors nicely balanced with zippy, lingering acidity -- interesting, complex and would make a nice pairing a spicy dish. i like. Read More

    Wine review by ChrisCaughman

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