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...

  • 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"...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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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  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • 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...

  • Viña Valoria

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Zuazo Gaston Rioja Reserva 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, ... ... Olarra Clasico Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-154339-2009-grupo-bodegas-olarra-clasico-reserva-rioja-doca-spain2008 Chateau Labegorce-Zede, Margaux, France http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-123-2008-chateau-labegorce-zede-margaux-france201... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... Barbaresco, or traditional Rioja for example) tend to be squarely on the savory side. Some of the wines may be very expensive such as a Gaja single vineyard Barbaresco, retails around $300. Saw one in a friend's cellar recently and asked if we could open it, which tur... Read More

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  • Bodegas Luis Cañas Rioja Amaren Reserva 2011

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    nose of maple and apricot, tasted raisins, rich! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2011

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    Wine review by calywa


  • After merging most of my wine to the new cellar I found I was lacking in some ... some ... Lopez de Heredia Rioja Reserva 'Vina Bosconia'2013 Moric BlaüfrankischOh the best laid plans. Wanted to come home with a case of defenders and couldn't make it past 6.The new storage is almost full, say 90%, with only a handful still incoming. Have abou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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