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.
 

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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...

  • 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...

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  • http://www.decanter.com/news/277340.htmlI found this a strange, but fascinating article. "Rioja sales fell by up to 15% in 2008, with Rias Baixas and Castilla-La Mancha reporting marked increases in sales.According to statistics released by DOC Rioja's regulatory board, sales of Gran Reserva in 2008 fell by 14.7%, with Reserva falling 10.4%, and... Read More

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007

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    Found this bargain white a delightful surprise with its fresh floral bright tones, ever-so-slight sweet edge, undertones of a herb garden in May, and a delicate pleasing mouthfeel. It was in my upscale supermarket's single row of chilled whites and I took a chance for $10. Glad I did; pair with appertizers for the beginning of a party or a fruit... Read More

    Wine review by rare primitivo


  • La Puerta Malbec 2008

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  • Pircas Negras Malbec Famatina Valley 2008

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  • I met with a semi-regular Sunday tasting group last week for the usual ... ... from Aldo to boot!The 1970 La Rioja Alt 890 Gran Reserva came from a bottle with only a high shoulder fill but it none-the-less was classic mature Rioja, a little funky but complex and pure. I had hoped to pair this with grilled octopus but that dish was not on our ... Read More

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006

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    i've recently had this a second time and noted a nose of Fruit Loops with a lingering taste in the mouth of lemon-lime zest; still amazingly elegant and dry with white peaches on the nose also. so yummy, soft, and easy drinking. so far the best i've had. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007

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    a wonderful nose remeniscent of fruit loops; so tropical and citrus notes on the nose with a soft, elegant, long, and dry finish that will leave you coming back again and again. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Pircas Negras Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2006

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    Perfectly balanced, great with light dishes. MMMM... Read More

    Wine review by Keeks


  • La Puerta Malbec 2008

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    Wine review by resQme


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