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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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • Graciano

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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...

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 ...

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

    Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Yep, a bit clunky as always. I haven't had most of those wines but I've ... to blend reds and whites. In Rioja for example, that was done and contrary to what Jon believes, some of those wines didn't need to be consumed ASAP and in fact they lived and aged quite well. That's no longer allowed there so we don't know any more but if someone wante... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Decent line up of Roses in...


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... as an exceptional vintage in Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions, so expect a substantial wine that has plenty of potential for aging. Enjoy with roasted meat, steak, and other hearty dishes.  |  12 in stock  |  $59.99 Alion (Vega Sicilia) 2001 Ribera del Duero 1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I express displeasure if they cannot be on top of their wine list.  A ... by the bottle because the Rioja I asked for was out.I appreciated the gesture and accepted.  On the other hand, another place had a killer wine on the "by the glass" list and I could see the "by the glass" bottles in a group at the bar and did not see the good one (I know... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine List Directory anyone?


  • Beronia Viura Rioja Blanco 2012

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    Very tight on the nose with a hint of green melon and some lovely dried herb and almond shell top notes. Smooth and integrated in the mouth, this delivers a nice array of fresh lemon, slightly peachy and melon flavors on the palate but does lack a bit of complexity. A hint in creaminess and some faint nutty shadings add some detail to the backen... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cvne Rioja Monopole Blanco 2012

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    Rather floral in the glass but with a restrained, earthy quality to the perfume which also picks up hints of grapefruit and a suggestion of green herb. Juicy up front,this gains a bit of flesh and roundness in the mouth where flavors of bruised peach and pear add nuance to the core of grapefruit pith and under-ripe pineapple fruit. A bit of almo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The other wine tonight was a Rioja. I am serving it with a 2-1/2lb Dry Aged Ribeye I got from the local meat market. So far it is OK maybe I was expecting more. Back half of a 4th of July Virtual Tasting. Color is advanced and fully bricked. Nose is heavy on cedar and leather with dark cherry and red raspberry fruit. Tart raspberry and strawberr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • DM - I don't wish to introduce bottle shock.  My WTSO wine deliveries ... ... I opened this 2005 Rioja Reserva wine by Hacienda Lopez de Haro that we picked up last night at Wegman's near Potomac Mills VA.  It was only about $13 and it tastes decent for an under $20 wine.  I'll be paring it with some of Sandra's pasta if I don't drink it up f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Bodegas Eguia Vin Eguia Reserva 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Montelciego Rioja Crianza Ddoc 2007

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    I don't know, what's in the mix but this is an aged wine with an excellent golden-red color. nose: ripe red fruits, vanilla cheese cake with a touch of wet pepper mint.taste: keeps smooth, rich, silky structure all the way with medium-short aftertaste. Great wine for it's price, I've got double for 19.95 at BevMo. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rioja Riserva 2004

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    Drinking great Read More

    Wine review by jamlani


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