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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  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

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 Primicia

    Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th ce...

  • Bodegas Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • Bodegas El Coto

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

  • 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

  • Thanks Rocker.I don't necessarily love or agree with articles, but if ... ... although I love some pricey Rioja, Spain is my bargain aisle for weekday drinkers.  Few have been ones I wouldn't buy again.Having dinner at my boss' place tonight and I'm bringing the 2012 Ridge Cab Sav (Monte Bello vineyard), not to be confused with THE Monte Bello... Read More

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  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    I just think that average American wine drinker doesn't understand Spanish winemaking at this level. This was very good, very,very good. Dark currant, earth, herbs, spice and smooth tannins with matching acidity lead to a even finish that is succulent and inviting. Drink now or hold - decant for now - 90 points Pauk Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the Churchill Estates Douro 2011 bottle.  I do enjoy Spanish and Portuguese wines quite a bit.Last night we attended a big ballet performance at The Kennedy Center.  It was the 40th anniversary celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled ... Read More

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  • MJET - I'm happy you are enjoying it - I originally bought 6 and have 3 ... - The Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 is wonderful if you can find it - it drinks better than the hype and I ended up with 3 bottles - down to one no Read More

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  • Oh, I almost forgot about Saturday, the day before yesterday.  We ran ... ... ...  We brought a 2008 Rioja Gran Reserva bottle that was very, very tasty.  We awarded two wines for first and second place when it was all done.  Our previous co-worker Bill was the big winner.  One interesting aspect was the wine goblets that Kathleen and Sally m... Read More

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  • La Tercera Reserva Rioja 2010

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    Overly dry for a tempranillo. Nice fruit with some spice. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Actually this was a last weekend wine - just haven't had a chance:Left to ... right - Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja 2014 - Very good - black and red berry fruits, oak, smooth tannins will well balanced acidity.  Running With Scissirs Cab Sauv 2013 - A gift wine ( I they wouldn't, but it's thought that counts - right?) Thin, red fruits - read plum ... Read More

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  • Marques de Caceres Excellens Cuvee Especial Rioja Doca 2012

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    Had this with Lunch the other day at Perry's Steakhouse in Dallas. Very soft, fragrant with spice, earth, mineral, dark ripe fruit and cocoa and tobacco. Low Tannins & Acidity, but good, but simple complexity. Not bad pricing by the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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