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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  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

    One winery, one wine, one vineyard and one variety. Respecting the tradition which has been p...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Bodegas Abanico Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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    This was a disappointment in comparison to the '08. Could be that it sat to longer. The fresh berry notes were muted and the wine seemed out of balance. There was an uncharacteristic burn at the end also. Good, but nothing to write home about - Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vina Zaco Rioja 2011

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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    At first I was a little disappointed but as the wine opened the cherry, spice and honeyed notes started to rise up and with a little swirling it got going at the it developed into the Top 100 WS wine that it should. The honey note was particularly satisfying at the end - drink or hold. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Viña Cumbrero Crianza 2010

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one ... ... with my sandwich was a Rioja reserva. I had a crappy Pinot Noir and a crappy Cab and something else there and imagining how they would taste with my sandwich, I realized I had developed not only taste preferences but also a taste memory.  Been working on dev... Read More

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  • Coto de Imaz Rioja Riserva 2010

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    Lovely dark purple color. Weedy, earthy nose. Nice subtle (i.e., very light) fruitraspberry, plumon entry. Quite smoothno tannin to speak of. Moderate acidat least enough to keep it interesting. Clearly, not the most complex wine youll ever have, but, gosh, this is SO EASY to drink. Im noshing on some pieces of Manchengo cheese right now,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Palacios Remondo Tempranillo Blend Rioja la Montesa Crianza 2005

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2010

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Placet 2011

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    Wine review by Teppo


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