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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Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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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"...

  • 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...

  • Graciano

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

  • 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,...

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Marqués de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company i...

  • Viña Ijalba

    Built in 1991, with a modernist style, it is provided with the best existing technology in the ma...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

    Bodegas Beronia is a winery in Rioja founded in 1973 by a group from the local gastronomic soci...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Hi!, Best regards from Spain. I like overall Rioja Luis Cañas. Its taste really good. Taste it friends!.

    Comment by 460403ivanvi 460403 ivanvi


  • Guys anyone had a 2000 Murrieta Castillo y Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva ? If you love Rioja wines this is a sensual seductress that you do not want to pass up - she is as intoxicating as she is enchanting - with the first sip she will entice you in a world of pleasure and passion that will leave you wanting for another last kiss.... ;P http://sho...

    Comment by 255446neale1 255446 neale1


  • La Puerta Famatina Valley Argentina 'Classico' Torrontes 2016

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    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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    No written review

    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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  • Casado Morales Gran Reserva 2006

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    Very nice wine and one very good QPR. Lite hit of cherry on introduction. Then its all wine, all the time. Tannin and acid are apparent, but relatively sedate. I doubt there will be much left of this bottle in a few hours. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • EM - Sorry to hear about your PC taking a nose dive.  I build all my ... ... ... two nicely-priced 2012 Rioja wines from my favorite wine shop yesterday (Cat Tuesday), and I will open these soon for a taste comparison.  They are within $1 of each other.  I have tasted both of them before, but not at the same tim Read More

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  • Letras Minusculas Tempranillo Garnacha Graciano Exeo Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I spent over 20 years travelling throughout all of Spain. Their wines are tremendous and, not to mention, their people, their rich culture, their unbelievable foods. I am presently trying to locate a Distributors in the USA who would be able to send me ETXEKO PATXARANA DESTILERIAS VIANA, S.A. I am also trying to obtain a vintage chart coveri...

    Comment by 925520ABIERTO 925520 ABIERTO


  • why i can't find rioja olagosa reserva 2005 in Marbella whole sale

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