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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  • Graciano

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

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

  • Castillo Labastida

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

    Bodegas Beronia is a winery in Rioja founded in 1973 by a group from the local gastronomic soci...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

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  • DV - How did you guess on that Rioja?Can anyone recommend a wine pairing with hot dogs?  Read More

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  • "I'm now contemplating turning our bonus room into a wine ... yourself.)Or you can buy Rioja, where they have the decency to age the stuff for your.  Latour has promised to do the same gong forward, but the price is kind of prohibitive Read More

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  • Hazana Rioja Reserva Bodegas Abanico 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Inspiracion Valdemar Maturana 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Well, I really wanted to take it down to Florida, but no visit is in the cards ... ... side as compared to say, Rioja. Opened up nicely over a few hours. It was slightly more acidic and less herbal than the Cab, which is exactly what you'd expect, but it had similar body. If I'd had wines like these in the tasting, I'd have done much better. A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Very very nice... Wanna Share??

  • Torres Ibericos Rioja 2011


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Marques de Riscal Tempranillo Frank Gehry Selection 2009


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • No weird grape varieties tonight, we did that on Wednesday with one bottle of Rioja (not weird) chased by a Cretan Kotsifali from Lyrarakis (that's the winery name).  The Rioja ('04 Faustino Gran Reserva, Decanter's 2013 wine of the year) was a tannic monster, although it mellowed after a few hours.  The Kotsifali was softer and rounder.  My fat... Read More

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  • We're not just going to open and measure the wine, we are going to drink ... great houses of Bordeaux, Rioja, and Piedmont, right?  So they are going to donate this wine, right?  Sign me up!  (However, after a few samples are tested, I think our margin of error will be bigger than the Tax and Trade's Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Wine's ABV Over Time?

  • Take aged Bordeaux, Barolo, Rioja. Stuff that's been around 40-60 years, even if stored properly we're talking about a wine that was probably about 13.5% on release then resolving to about 12% or less perhaps.I've had some wine that old, but regardless my theory is that older wines would be apt to come off as alcoholic, if the alcohol were to re... Read More

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