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,...

  • Torrontes

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

  • Graciano

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

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

  • Bodegas LAN

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Viña Valoria

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • QUOTEPardon my contrarianism, AOK, but are your really denigrating transparency ... Bodega Incredible Reserva Rioja to me, I can find it on-line or in a retail store.  That is all we really need.QUOTEIs it really that simple? I just need the label so I can find it online? How about you educate yourself so you know what your buying without havin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... Bodega Incredible Reserva Rioja to me, I can find it on-line or in a retail store.  That is all we really need.The fact is that New World wine labels fixate on grape names is neither no less nor no more valid than Old World wines fixating on geography.  It's just di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • Senorial Reserva Spanien Bodegas Ugalde 2005


    So smooth and rich with strong cherry and cola notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Miguel Merino Reserva 2005


    My favorite wine! Read More

    Wine review by Granka

  • Yeah - asparagus is really hard. You kind of want a white that has some herbal ... with many wines. Old-school Rioja often has mushroomy qualities, but so does Barbaresco/Barolo, or Burgundy, N. Rhone wines, etc. If you're going to do sparkling with that, I'd go for something with some real age on it. But first choice wouldn't be sparkling.To ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...

  • Las Lajas Estate la Rioja Argentina Malbec 'Reserva" 2011


    this is a very rich, smooth, full of character, full bodied malbec that may only need aerated with decanting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Marques de Caceres Gaudium 1994


    Enjoyed this on Sunday 18 January, 2015. Has been in my cellar since April ... ... high class and what the best Rioja from best years can become. A great experienc Read More

    Wine review by Ruski

  • Codice Rioja Red 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Marques de Caceres Rose Rioja Marques de Caceres Rose Rioja


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

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