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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  • Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva Tinto 2010
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  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial 1986
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  • Bodegas Muga Gran Reserva Prado Enea 2009
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  • Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2011
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  • Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2013
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  • Bodegas Izadi Rioja Reserva 2011
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Tinto 2007
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  • Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Rioja 2013
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  • Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2007
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  • Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel 2010
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  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2012
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  • CVNE Vina Real Reserva 2007
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  • Bodegas Muriel Reserva 2011
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008
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  • La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva (375ML half-bottle) 2007
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  • Benjamin Romeo La Cueva del Contador 2013
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  • Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2013
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  • CVNE Crianza 2014
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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Tinto 2004
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  • Marques de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva 2005
    $57.99
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  • Bodegas Lan Rioja Edicion Limitada 2012
    $41.99
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  • Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2016
    $15.99
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  • CVNE Gran Reserva 2010
    $32.99
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  • Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial Reserva 2011
    $42.99
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