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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Bodegas Muriel

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • 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

  • Coto de Imaz Rioja Riserva 2010


    Lovely dark purple color. Weedy, earthy nose. Nice subtle (i.e., very light) fruitraspberry, plumon entry. Quite smoothno tannin to speak of. Moderate acidat least enough to keep it interesting. Clearly, not the most complex wine youll ever have, but, gosh, this is SO EASY to drink. Im noshing on some pieces of Manchengo cheese right now,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Palacios Remondo Tempranillo Blend Rioja la Montesa Crianza 2005


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2010


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Placet 2011


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Lar de Paula Tempranillo Rioja 2009


    Very nice classic Rioja Crianza Read More

    Wine review by gerfern

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Excellens Cuvee Especial 2011


    Another lovely one. Mint, Blackcurrant, and roasted Plum. Medium Acidity and very soft and full in the mouth with a toasted Caramel and Oak finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Martin Codax Rioja Ergo 2012


    A little to dry for me but well balanced. Red fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Just to follow up on this topic, I tasted the 3 yesterday evening:1) Porca de ... joven. A bit like a joven Rioja, but with less acidity and higher tannins. It shows notes of red fruit and herbs. It is a balanced wine, not very fruity wine for a joven, what I personally prefer.2) Porca de Murca, Reserva 2013A lot more going on here. Red fruit,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish

  • Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva 2010


    Somewhat murky prune color. Berry nose. Bit of a hit of cherry on entry, ... ... I am accustomed to for a Rioja Tempranillo. Bone dry. Medium-bodied. A reasonable experience for $6.99, but, otherwise, not memorabl Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • "DIfferent" because you don't see too many posts about ... was ... ... was better than the $18 Rioja Reserva one that I had a couple weeks ago.  Murky prune color in the glass.  Light hit of cherry on entry but, thankfully, not couugh syrupy sweet.  In fact, this one is fairly tart.  Really serious tannin--I don't normally notice that in Rioj... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

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