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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Marqués de Riscal

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Viña Ijalba

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... Blaufrankisch.)10. Spain: La Rioja Alta S.A. makes a good news on any day. Vina Ardanza Rioja is my favourite affordable-and-impressive dinner party drink for guests. Re. former Yugoslavia, start with Croatia and Serbia. They are way more advanced in skills and win... Read More

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  • Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010


    it was a pleasant wine and was aging well Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Big thanks to GregT for his generous donation to my eventual liver disease. Have not had a Rioja with this many years on it that was not cooked. Looking forward to popping this on a special evening. Now that I have retired Santa for another year I must say it was a challenge running this event from a phone standing in my driveway but worth every... Read More

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  • Interesting group so far...3 x Barolo/Barbaresco2 x CdP2 x California 1 x ... Champagne1 x BC/ Canadian1 x Rioja1 x Brunello (could not read the other wine RCKR rec' Read More

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  • I got some Damilano!It was totally secret except for me seeing the top of the ... ... of it.OT, I like that Rioja Reserva! Exactly what this is all about, getting quality bottles that you'd never think to get for yourself (and that hopefully don't suck).I have no idea who my SS is of course...Fox would be likely to buy me Barolo, but Damilano... Read More

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  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place. ... ... that I opened a 2011 Rioja Reserva that was only about $15.  It was decent enough for footbal Read More

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  • Vina Zaco 2014


    Bold, fruity and aromatic, this has a fresh nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry preserves with cinnamon spice. This is restrained and earthy on entry, but develops on the palate releasing ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, sticky tarry earth and a bright, clean finish that delivers a good balance of structure. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Pujanza Norte 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo

  • Valenciso Reserva 2007


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  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2011


    No written review

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