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"...

  • Macabeo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Tempranillo

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

    "Bodegas Baigorri bases its work on a value of duality and on the xcellence of its products and ...

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Viña Ijalba

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Our wine tasing was complete - though with fewer of the individuals that said ... - (No. 2 out of 5)Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010 - Loads of alc on the nose and it needed time to blow off, when it did - yumm.  Red and black berry fruits, spice and mellow tannins on the finish. (No. 3 out of 5)Just a note - this was a blind tasting, which I don... Read More

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  • DM - Trump is moving fast on cutting back our freedoms.  The next march is ... ... Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja (Tempranillo) and it was decent.  Alas, that was not enough wine to get me through both the pear appetizer and the fillet, so I ordered another glass, this time the 2014 Chateau St. Michelle 'Indian Wells' Merlot from Columbia Valle... Read More

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  • Bodegas Palacio Tempranillo Blend Rioja Glorioso Gran Reserva 1982

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    nose of red pepper and cherries; sweet and at the same time savoury. great! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva 2006

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    Dusty, earthy and smoky with a strong tendril of red fruit pushing out through the minerality, mostly strawberry and raspberry with some molasses and fresh spice. The palate continues the trend of dusty, meaty, earthy salinity warring with bright red fruit notes of strawberry, cranberry and cherry, finishing in a harmonious end that's even a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valdemadera Gran Reserva 2006

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    nice overall, but too much oak... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005

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    good balance of fruits with oak, but very rich Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Campo Viejo Viura 2009

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    yellow gold, with some hints of melons and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2007

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    rich fruits with medium oak, a bit of structure Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BrooklynD


  • The CFO is out of town so I had to do something with my time, what better way ... Sancerre2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva (x2)2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu2014 Tablas Creek Roussanne (x Read More

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