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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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Viña Ijalba

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

  • Bodegas El Coto

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Can't believe I missed this thread.  I think of life as a series of ... ... habits from Bordeaux to Rioja or sherry or whatever.)I believe all they say about tea, but as an American, the violent and quick effects of coffee seem more appropriate to my morning than the finesse and delicacy of tea.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea

  • Simple and inexpensive is the theme tonight, but also plenty tasty. Reminds me ... more bright fruit.2013 CVNE Rioja Blanco, mainly from the Viura grap Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I don't think I have anything prior to the turn of the century.  We ... 2005.Good to hear the 1960 Rioja was pretty good, G Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... ... 60 years, some of those Riojas will be better than that 1960. But for most of Spain, both north and South and much of France, 2005 was a great vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Riber... Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Day 2 update:I think the biggest takeaway from this trip is going to be...It ... as a blending grape in the Rioja, the varietal really stands up on its own here in Lodi. The tannins keep a white-knuckle grip on the palate. This helps underscore the anthocyanidin-rich fruits (think blueberries and blackberries.) Rose and oat permeate the finish... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Somehow I don't think that 1960 Rioja wine will be at it's prime.  How did it turn out? Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Yep. It's a charitable donation. Just like the 1960 Rioja I'm going to open in a few hours. Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Cune Monopole White Rioja 2014


    Light aromas of white peach and lemon are framed with a petrol edge. Slightly oily in the mouth, yet thin with predominantly citrus flavors of lemon and a nutty hint on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, ... up for a tasting/seminar on Rioja wines at my local TW.  So, I already had a plan to visit the store, last night.When the TWs first started appearing in So. Cal. they would ocassionally offer some amazing coupons such as $10 off for every $50 spent.  So, if you were ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Bodegas del Marqués de Vargas Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by mcrawford2

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