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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Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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Varietals Produced in Rioja View all

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Baron de Ley

    A dream come true, BARÓN DE LEY is a winery which was devised and founded in 1985 by a small grou...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Roda

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

  • Bodegas Beronia

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

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Rioja Vega S. A. Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005

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    good balance of fruits with oak, but very rich Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Campo Viejo Viura 2009

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    yellow gold, with some hints of melons and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rioja Crianza 2007

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    rich fruits with medium oak, a bit of structure Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by BrooklynD


  • The CFO is out of town so I had to do something with my time, what better way ... Sancerre2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva (x2)2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu2014 Tablas Creek Roussanne (x Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Had this with dinner at Ruth's Chris. Felt like it still had a few more years until it reaches its peak.A bit pricey at RC given its retail pricing, but given the overall Wine List pricing, a bargain there. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • So, I received permission to go to Total Wine, yesterday.  (Yes, because ... more Sonoma County Reds.The Rioja caught my eye because is is not made from Tempranillo grapes.  I know they grow other things besides Tempranillo, but the only other one that I think I've had is Graciano.  I may be wrong.  When I do have this one, I'll probably post ... Read More

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  • Okay, no Sherry or Rioja.  This hit my inbox:Had to check CT to see what I paid for the 2012 and to make sure it was 2012, as this is the 2011.  Same price, free shipping with 3 bottles, better vintage... So I bought the 3 bottles.  Probably should have just bought four, since I had 4 of the 2012, except one of those is now marked as a birth yea... Read More

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  • Shsim, nice to see you dropping in.  I mentioned that Fonseca Periquita a ... am looking at stocking up on Rioja and Sherry.  But I need to finish the cellar before I buy so much wine that I need a second one.  Bad weather and other obligations are slowing me down still.  May have to hire someone to help with i Read More

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  • Zuazo Gaston Rioja Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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