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 Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • 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

  • Senorio de P Pecina Rioja 2007


    Inky and acidic. Bleh. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    Can't offer much beyond what Greg mentioned above. Sweet, complex, and mineral. Me encanta! Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    A nice round kind of creature, saddle up, horseradish, wooded door with copper handle, I think of a Spanish villa in the early 20th. Low on fruits, solid tannins, nice citric spike. It has the appeal of your grand-pappy's war-chest. What treasures will you find? Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2004


    Hot rocks, candied licorice and smoky tobacco dominate the upright and focused ... orange juice edge. Solid. Rioja. 90p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tempranillo 2004


    Lightly smoky and funky on the nose with subtle tones of leather and moist ... ... ... A solid entry-level Rioja 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Valdemar 2004


    This opens with a big fruity nose touched with a bit of chalky soil, white pepper and milky oak but air turned this into a box of woody pencils. Big acids that are definitely a little orange juicy wash away an initial blast of soft and creamy fruit. The wood is a bit too raw as are the copious wood tannins that overwhelm the simple core of red c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rioja Vega Young Tempranillo DOC 2007


    Light and gentle on the floral spiced nose with a noticeable edge of ace bandage and a hint of game to the candied raspberry fruit. Bright, easy and fresh in the mouth, though a bit loose across the palate, with simple candied raspberry fruit. Refreshing and simple with a long, fruity finish with just a hint of spice 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 2006


    Stinky barnyard nose that follows thru into the taste, lots of earth, both obscure the fruit flavors, seemed a bit flabby lacking in both acidity and tannins. A definite pass. Read More

    Wine review by ekw590

  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    Since my Dec 08 review I've tried some old barolos, and this shares some of their round fungal acidic traits, but with more of an acidic greeting. Sublimely mellow and loud at the same time. With each sip I taste something new, but I'll be damned if I can name them all. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Bodegas Valdemar 2004


    picked up for $12.99Amazing concentration of developed fruit, spice and earth aromas and flavors. One of the best Crianza I've ever had for the money. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger

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