Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha (Grenache)), which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (or Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines. Malvasia, the grape that was once the most planted white, is found less often.

Notable Facts

The Rioja wine trade is somewhat confusing. Grapes are typically brought to a merchant's bodega from one of the 20,000+ growers in the region, or via a cooperative. The wine is then bottled and labelled by that bodega. Rioja's Consejo Regulador keeps track of all vineyards and bodegas to make sure they are following the DOCa regulations. Put in place to ensure quality, the system also controls prices.

As with the rest of Spain, the wine label may state Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on barrel & bottle maturation. Crianzas are usually found within two years of the vintage and offer fresh, ripe wines. Reserva and Gran Reserva will be found a few years after the vintage, as the bodega will be aging the wines in barrel and bottle before release. Both typically show more secondary characteristics of spice and oak ageing.
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2005
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  • Sierra Cantabria Rosado 2013
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  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2009
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  • Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 2008
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  • El Coto Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2005
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2010
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  • Marques de Vargas Crianza 2011
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  • Montebuena Rioja 2012
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010
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  • Cune Vina Real Crianza 2010
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  • Bodegas Muga Reserva 2011
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  • R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja White Vina Tondonia Reserva 2000
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  • Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano 2013
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Rioja Reserva 2006
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  • Torres Ibericos Crianza Rioja 2011
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto Seleccion Especial 2001
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  • Hazana Rioja Tradicion 2011
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