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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Muriel

    Bodegas Muriel markets the brands Muriel, Vina Muriel, Baron de Barbon, Solariego, El Somo and Mo...

  • Bodegas Baigorri

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

  • Señorío de San Vicente

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

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

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

  • 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...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Trasnocho Tinto Cosecha 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo

  • Marques de Teran Cosecha Especial Rioja 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo

  • WINE GRAPE VARIETAL TABLE????????????????Greg, it is hopeless. Cleaning ... ...  Going with this Rioja from Costco, which, I am sure, came in at under $20. Apparently, WS has given this wine a fair amount of love.  It is certainly an easy to drink wine and it presents no challenges--lots of blackberry on entry, noticeable, but, really, fairly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Bodegas Valdemar Rioja Inspiracion Seleccion 2010


    Black fruit nose. Blackberry fruit on entry. Some mineral suggestion mid- to rear-palate. A fairly viscous mouthfeel. Noticeable, but very tame tanning. Very subtle acid. A very easy to drink wine that presents no challenge. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Good timing, Emark, as I will be getting a half case of Ed Sbragia's ... ... ... we had an all-Graciano Rioja from Antano with fried chicken.  (2009 vintage.)  Apparently Graciano, which plays a small role in much Rioja, is actually a "better" grape than Tempranillo--more structure, acid, tannin, as well as durable and complex flavors--but is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • La Cuna de la Poesia Rioja


    Very nice, great value medium bodied Rioja reserva with tastes of leather and tobacco followed by a smooth oaky finish. Read More

    Wine review by K276HB

  • Noche En Blanco Rioja 2012


    Had this again yesterday (2.23.2016) and would bump this rating up from 2.5 to 4. Opens with Prune and ripe Plum, then a bit of Strawberry and Thyme, finishing up with Cherry and Hibiscus. Nice long finish of Vanilla, Oak, and Plum, A good every day'er. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Not to mention words to live by...I also find Italian whites a little bitter, ... including an all-Graciano Rioja that I have had before.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20

  • Azpilicueta Blanco 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by Dpupo

  • Il Marroneto Madonna delle Grazie (a Riserva) was the 2001 Brunello.  The ... kitchen, and had opened the Rioja a while before he got there, so he missed some initial fireworks on the Caceres.  It started off completely secondary and beyond, like all mushroom and damp leaves, but it actually got fruitier over time, which I attribute to VA, but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some wine had by Snoothers in...

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