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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  • 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 Palacios Remondo

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

  • Bodegas Primicia

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

  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Marques de Murrieta Ygay

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

  • 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

  • Hi!, Best regards from Spain. I like overall Rioja Luis Cañas. Its taste really good. Taste it friends!.

    Comment by 460403ivanvi 460403 ivanvi


  • Guys anyone had a 2000 Murrieta Castillo y Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva ? If you love Rioja wines this is a sensual seductress that you do not want to pass up - she is as intoxicating as she is enchanting - with the first sip she will entice you in a world of pleasure and passion that will leave you wanting for another last kiss.... ;P http://sho...

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  • You guys are on a nice roll there! Tonight we had a nice low budget but good Crianza Rioja! Very well balanced and easy drinking. Some red fruit on entry, nice acidity and low tannins on the medium finish.  Read More

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  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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  • Putting all the statistical analysis aside... I like Manchego!If we're ... ... Albarino or Tampranillo from Rioj Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Richie


  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2012Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Depending on where you go you may be able to puchase items 1&2 or items 2&3 for under $150.  Read More

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  • EM - You seem to have quite an assortment of Bedrock wines in your cellar. ... ... their Lar De Paula Crianza Rioja Tempranillo at $16.99 a bottle and drank one last night while watching a rerun of SNL; very tasty for the pric Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... ... between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences. I think I could tell, in a few cases, the difference between Cannubi and Bussia because they are pretty far apart in geology and exposures--Barolo has that stark dividing... Read More

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  • I'm still recovering from all the activities of Memorial Day weekend, so ... was the 2010 Vina Lanciano Rioja Reserva which was drunk Wednesday evening with Sandra's father.  The Zinfandel was too young (2014) and actually a cheap wine, but the 2010 Petite Sirah was tasty if you like that varieta Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... that GregT can do that with Riojas because he tastes a lot of them, does so frequently, and pays a lot of attention to them.  But there's a real limit to human perception. Note that GregT cannot do the same with those Rieslings (or doesn't claim to) and I've personal... Read More

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  • D - he didn't really overstep IMHO. But his book has really limited appeal ... wine from Burgos and from Rioja Alavesa. But that's simply from familiarity. Some people can't distinguish Rioja from Ribera del Duero, or Tempranillo from Cab. But many people are much more astute - you were at Brian's where Mike Smith could identify wine from spec... Read More

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  • Emark, VV could lose minutes of precious drinking time in the vastness of 1k ... to have 1/4 Cab/Bordo, 1/8 Rioja, etc?  So that I know that I have too much CdP (ok, y'all can volunteer to help, but I have it pretty well under control)  I won't buy more, just drink it down to where I want it (might be very very low).  Then I go and look for wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lets see your AWESOME wine...


  • I spent over 20 years travelling throughout all of Spain. Their wines are tremendous and, not to mention, their people, their rich culture, their unbelievable foods. I am presently trying to locate a Distributors in the USA who would be able to send me ETXEKO PATXARANA DESTILERIAS VIANA, S.A. I am also trying to obtain a vintage chart coveri...

    Comment by 925520ABIERTO 925520 ABIERTO


  • why i can't find rioja olagosa reserva 2005 in Marbella whole sale

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