Rioja Wines

Rioja Wines

Rioja Wine

If one had to pick a single subregion in Spain that would represent the country in its brightest viticultural light, it would undoubtedly be Rioja. It’s a breathtaking valley, where the soft breeze carries the playful sounds of local birds, and where one of the world’s most underrated and potent varietals thrives. Tempranillo is a vivacious, vibrant varietal, sometimes seen as a more fruit-forward version of Cabernet Sauvignon, and winemakers from Rioja seem to understand it on a spiritual level because drinking a fine red Rioja can be a near-religious experience. They’re as powerful and impactful as a charging bull, and as smooth and playful as the cloth that agitates it. As a result, these wines play an important part in Spanish culture and cuisine, and one can’t help but notice a historical, nostalgic sentiment as the wine unfolds in the glass.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about fine Rioja wines is how affordable they can be. While they’re no less impactful than their French competitors, they tend to fly under the radar, which results in lower prices than one would expect. This makes them a great starting point if you are just setting out on your wine adventure, and a reliable source of party-starting excitement if you’re looking to socialize.

However you want to frame it, Rioja deserves a spot in the annals of wine history, and its sheer quality mesmerizes countless people on a daily basis. Get immersed, and experience a level of satisfaction and serenity like never before.

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  1. 1986 murrieta ygay blanco gran reserva especial Spain Red
    1986 Murrieta Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial
    100
    JS
    This is a triumph. An amazing white showing roasted pineapple, dried apple, flowers and hints of lemon curd on the nose. Hints of almonds, too. Full-body, closed and tight with ama..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  2. 2003 Benjamin Romeo La Vina de Andres Romeo
    2003 Benjamin Romeo La Vina de Andres Romeo
    95
    RP
    A real blockbuster, the 2003 La Vina de Andres Romeo (100% Tempranillo) is exquisite, but, again, a mere 200 bottles will make it to America. Lucky readers who run across a bottle,..." Learn More
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    As low as $105.00
  3. 2004 artadi rioja el pison Spain Red
    2004 Artadi Rioja El Pison
    100
    RP
    The 2004 El Pison stands out from its peers. It has a deeper color than the 2007 with a splendid nose that jumps from the glass. Notes of espresso, balsamic, Asian spices, pain gri..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  4. 2004 la rioja alta gran reserva 904 Spain Red
    2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
    96
    RP
    The 2004 Gran Reserva 904 is Tempranillo from Brinas, Labastida and Villalba balanced with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were fermented and macerated in inox va..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.99
  5. 2008 r. lopez heredia vina bosconia reserva Spain Red
    2008 R. Lopez Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva
    94
    JS
    Taking on a balsamic and high-toned wood character to the ripe fruit on the nose. Some dried cheese and ripe fruit, too. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins that are polished and..." Learn More
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    As low as $33.99
  6. 2008 r. lopez heredia vina tondonia reserva Spain Red
    2008 R. Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva
    95
    JS
    Lots of dried fruit with plum, light raisin, chocolate and toasted oak. Some balsamic undertones. White truffles and dried flowers. Medium body, creamy tannins and savory, balsamic..." Learn More
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    As low as $21.95
  7. 2010 murrieta ygay gran reserva especial Spain Red
    2010 Murrieta Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
    99
    JS
    Marvelous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cedar and mushrooms. Some dried cheese. Then turns to flowers. Very complex. Full and intense with fantastic depth and power. It goes ..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  8. 2012 r. lopez heredia rioja vina cubillo crianza Spain Red
    2012 R. Lopez Heredia Rioja Vina Cubillo Crianza
    95
    JS
    Wonderful aromas of mushrooms, bark, cigar tobacco and plums with just a hint of citrus. Full-bodied with incredible softness and complexity. Subtle chocolate, fruit and walnut in ..." Learn More
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    As low as $25.99
  9. 2016 izadi rioja reserva Spain Red
    2016 Izadi Rioja Reserva
    94
    JS
    Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. Full-bodied with very tight, refined tannins that are focused and impressive. I like the texture and defin..." Learn More
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    As low as $16.95
  10. 2016 marques de murrieta reserva Spain Red
    2016 Marques de Murrieta Reserva
    94
    JS
    This is very structured and powerful with a dense and rich palate of ripe fruit and hints of toasted oak. Full and layered. Structured. Released February 2020. Needs a few years of..." Learn More
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    As low as $24.95
  11. 2016 sierra cantabria reserva unica Spain Red
    2016 Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica
    94
    JD
    The 2016 Reserva Unica comes from a single vineyard located in the alluvial soils beside the Ebro river. Made from 97% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano that was all destemmed and aged 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $24.99
  12. 2017 muga rioja reserva Spain Red
    2017 Muga Rioja Reserva
    94
    JS
    Lovely, succulent red with juicy berries and plums, together with some chocolate, spice, walnut and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Touch..." Learn More
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    As low as $26.99
  13. 2018 sierra de tolono rioja la dula garnacha de altura Spain Red
    2018 Sierra de Tolono Rioja La Dula Garnacha de Altura
    93
    JS
    There’s an apple and pear mix here that has fresh allure on the nose and delivers a zippy and attractively fresh palate that has good weight, flesh and a gently creamy, apple..." Learn More
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    As low as $25.99
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