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Greetings....does anyone know a good Rioja red to recommend?

Posted by jnieminen, Sep 25, 2010.

Hi all,

I'm a neophyte in the world of wine but, I've had an inkling to get involved.  Now I'm actually taking the time to taste and learn more about wine.  I really hope to learn much more from you all as well as contributing useful information to this forum in the future.  I've taken in some great info already here and I want to thank you all for it!



Reply by GregT, Sep 26, 2010.


The 1947 Tondonia is available for just under $1000 a bottle.

The 1964 Vina Real is around $300.

2001 Vina Real Reserva is available for between $25 and $30.

All worthy wines.

Reply by jnieminen, Sep 26, 2010.

Price would be under 50$ although any recommendation would be great.  Thank you for the reply!

Reply by GregT, Sep 26, 2010.

THere's a lot for under $50 that's quite good.  Look for the 2001 and 2004 and 2005 vintages, although good wines were made in other vintages too.  Lopez de Heredia for ex, made a damned good wine in 2002, although it was a disaster for most people.  If you go with the old name wineries - C.V.N.E and their affiliates - Vina Real and especially Contino , Vinas Albinas, Rioja Alta, LdH, etc., you can do pretty well - even their reservas are under $50 and they'll age for many years out. Beronia is available in back vintages if you like older wine.

Marques de Murrietta seems back on track and Riscal is always a go-to. Some of the newer ones - Marques de Cacares for example, can be quite enjoyable,  Also Bodegas Muga - their reserva is about $20 and nice. 

In a more "modern" style, you can find Roda, which I like but which improves in time.  Artadi, which can be iffy, Allende, Abel Mendoza, which can be nice, Sierra Cantabria, which can be pretty good.

And look for Miguel Merino, which is an unsung gem.  All of those are under $50 and worth finding.

Reply by stacey28, Sep 27, 2010.

My favorite Rioja is Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2002

its about 30-35 dollars and is a red wine that you can drink even without eating anything i love to just sit and enjoy it

Reply by Vallux68, Oct 5, 2010.

I think you can get real quality for under $50, NO DOUBT! I would look for 2005, which was a great vintage and it is still young enough that there are great bargains. My personal favorites are Marques de Riscal and Marques de Caceres - both for $20 or less.

Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 5, 2010.

That's the great thing about Spanish wines- they fly under the radar, therefor they seem to stay on the shelves of retail shops.

Anything 2001 or 2004, for me, around $20 on up, does the trick.  The 2004 Lan Grand Reserva is great juice from a great producer.

2005 is supposedly as good as 2004 but in my humble experience- that hasn't been the case.  Beyond it all, the 2001's are drinking right in the midst of their prime and can still be found for realistically affordable prices.

Have fun exploring Spain: the best deal on the shelves ;).

Reply by GregT, Oct 5, 2010.

Chip - for many producers, 2005 exceeds 2004.  But depends on what you're drinking.  2001 is still young - it's not even 10 years old!  So if you find a GR or even Reserva, you can expect many years ahead.

Reply by ChipDWood, Oct 6, 2010.

I've had some very nice 2005's, especially for their price, but I've never gotten the opportunity to compare one estate's '04 to the same offering from '05.  All I know is that, for my preference & in general, I prefer the wines from 2004 considerably more than I have the '05's.  By no means does that comment on their inferiority- really more on my own inexperience with them.

...I just love that you can get such good, rich, and well developed wines for under thirty on the shelves rather than having to rely on auctions to get vintages more than five years back.

Spain rules.  Right behind Virginia ;).

Reply by ScottLauraH, Oct 6, 2010.

I manage a bar where I live.  We serve Lorinon Rioja, 2005.  It retails in the stores from around $20.00 a bottle.  I find it to be a real bargain for the price point. 

Reply by Lucha Vino, Oct 9, 2010.

Here is a Rioja I had recently that was pretty good for about 13 dollars.

Reply by dynowine, Oct 10, 2010.

I thought all these were very good, some are expensive, quality increases as price does.

Bodegas Altanza Rioja Lealtanza Reserva Seleccion

Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga (Reserva)

Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva

Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

Bodegas Muga Rioja Aro

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