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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  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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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  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • 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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    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


    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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    Wine review by martins2002

  • I forgot one:The 2011 Finca de la Villa Muriel Rioja Reserva106 Read More

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  • Here are 3 Spanish, mature Spanish wines, that I recently purchased - all under ... ... - 2008 Bodega Puelles Rioja Reserva;  2010 La Rioja "Vina Alberta" Reserva Rioja;  2011 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja.  Of these I'm most interested in the 2010.Here's something else that came in:The NV Crab Wine Vinho Verde is just nice, fun relaxing wine t... Read More

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  • Campillo Finca Cuesta Clara Reserva Raro Rioja 2005


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2011


    Very bright fruity nose. On the tongue there certainly is bright fruit but, wow, is it ever tart. There is some herbaciousness, but again, the, pretty much in your face, characteristic seems to be lemon pith. If this was a light-bodied white wine I would say refreshing. In a full-bodied red, though, I am just perplexed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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