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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  • Torrontes

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

  • 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...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Grenache

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Viña Valoria

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

    Marques de Murrieta is a family business in an almost "romantic" sense of the world. This project...

  • Bodegas LAN

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there ... showed almost like a young Rioja without the flagrant use of American oak. Mike and I speculated that Maggie's success with Lillian (and the same WhiteHawk fruit) may have played a factor, and that it may have been a combination of French and American. I went back for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2009

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    High acid - almost bitter. Ok after breathing Read More

    Wine review by wafricke


  • Hi GiaMie.  On wine-searcher.com, I think I found your rioja at 67 Wine on the Upper West Side.  Here's the link:http://www.67wine.com/sku044834_Fernandez-Pierola-Crianza-2008-750ML-750ML-2008Hope this was helpful. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi I have been looking for fernandez de pierola rioja for a long time now. I was able to get this wine in NYC but can't find it anywhere. Love this wine! Do you know where I can get some?RegardsGiaMie Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Rio Madre Rioja Graciano Rose 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Some of our favorite recent wonders include Tremo Rioja Tempranillo (2012). We only have one bottle left and must find more. Also bought several cases of Conte Ottavio Piccolomini Sangiovese (2012) from PRP Wines. We discovered this wonderful Italian wine when we attended a fund raiser for one of my orchestras (AMICCO on Anna Maria Island FL) an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Looking for...


  • Yep, a bit clunky as always. I haven't had most of those wines but I've ... to blend reds and whites. In Rioja for example, that was done and contrary to what Jon believes, some of those wines didn't need to be consumed ASAP and in fact they lived and aged quite well. That's no longer allowed there so we don't know any more but if someone wante... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Decent line up of Roses in...


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... as an exceptional vintage in Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions, so expect a substantial wine that has plenty of potential for aging. Enjoy with roasted meat, steak, and other hearty dishes.  |  12 in stock  |  $59.99 Alion (Vega Sicilia) 2001 Ribera del Duero 1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I express displeasure if they cannot be on top of their wine list.  A ... by the bottle because the Rioja I asked for was out.I appreciated the gesture and accepted.  On the other hand, another place had a killer wine on the "by the glass" list and I could see the "by the glass" bottles in a group at the bar and did not see the good one (I know... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine List Directory anyone?


  • Beronia Viura Rioja Blanco 2012

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    Very tight on the nose with a hint of green melon and some lovely dried herb and almond shell top notes. Smooth and integrated in the mouth, this delivers a nice array of fresh lemon, slightly peachy and melon flavors on the palate but does lack a bit of complexity. A hint in creaminess and some faint nutty shadings add some detail to the backen... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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