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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  • Grenache

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • 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...

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 1996


    Man was i sad to see this go. had been drinking a lot of bad spanish wines and was given this as a x-mas present. I really rediscovered what i missed in spain.lots of layers of complex flavors with a nice level of fruit with a mocha hint. Read More

    Wine review by bikejestr

  • Prado Rey 2006


    This is a good wine for the money. Decent color. Nose significant for tobacco, smoke, cherry. Very full bodied, slightly inky, tea, but falls short on midpalate. Somewhere between fruit bomb and old word red wine but has its flaws. However for $17 not a bad find. Read More

    Wine review by jdepetrillo

  • Marqués de la Concordia Rioja 2004


    Tempranillo-esque, found it at the local Whole Foods and bought blindly. I would buy it again as it was priced correctly and drank straight away. Read More

    Wine review by Sippy McSipper

  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by wkmont

  • Marqués de Cáceres Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by slsteph

  • Lot 93 Rioja Tempranillo 2004


    When I first tried this the aromatics were dominated by sweet oaky notes though ... ... is an unusually powerful Rioja Crianza that has the potential to age well for a decade easily yet offers compelling drinking today. Very well balanced, classically structured wine. 92p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    This opens with just a touch of an acetic tone then turns layered with an earthy, leathery core of jellied raspberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and high tones of pepper, cedar, and a brisk saline note. With airing this gains nuanced floral and star anise tones as well as a smoky top note. In the mouth this is really bright with zesty, mouth c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • At most offices, drinking on the job is considered irresponsible. At Snooth ... ... mineral-rich Spanish Rioja - R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia. Not only was it a great bottle, it was a great opportunity for me to bust out my camera and really bother the Snooth team. All in all it was a great success.Want to see more? Chec... Read More

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  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    This beautiful wine manages richness of raspberry flavors and delicacy in the palate, with a sharp butter and pepper finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Rioja 2000


    Extremely smooth and slick. A bit of a tang on the finish. A little mineral watery, but pleasant. Thin tasting without a lot of body, but tastes well made. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

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