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Spanish WinesSpain is one
of the largest grape-growing and winemaking countries in the world,
with numerous diverse wine regions. The most famous regions for red wine
are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro and Priorat. Up and coming regions
include Bierzo, Jumilla and Navarra. White wine regions include Rueda
and Rias Baixas.
The most common grape used in red wine is
Tempranillo, which is the predominant grape in Rioja, Ribera del Duero
(known there as Tinto de Pais) and Toro (known there as Tinto de Toro).
Grenache, or Garnacha in Spanish, may be the main grape in the Southern
Rhone valley of France, but more Garnacha is grown in Spain than
anywhere else. Syrah and Camernet Sauvignon have made inroads in Spain
White wine varieties include Albariño, Macabeo (Veura), Verdejo and Godello.
Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.2009: 89 Points - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator: ... more
The reserva wines of Marqués de Riscal are made principally from Tempranillo vines which are over 15 years old. This is a variety that ages well in wood, producing wines with a good tannic structure, colour and acidity. . The reserva wines of Riscal more
Marqués de Riscal, a classic Rioja winery, has quickly established itself in the D.O. Rueda, carefully producing high quality wines. Marqués de Riscal Verdejo 2012 is made 100% with Verdejo grapes and complemented by a small percentage of Viura. The more
2011: 89 Points
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
: "A custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon from this large producer, this 2011 Albarino reveals loads of tropical fruit, white peach, honeysuckle and apricot notes along with medium body more
Viña Alberdi is a great value in Rioja from an old-school producer that still ages the wine before releasing it. It’s well shaped and structured with classic Rioja flavors of spicy red fruit framed by the mellow vanilla of American oak. I’m not ... more
Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It is medium-bodied with a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. This wine is extremely versatile and pairs well with most ... more
A Rioja in the sin crianza style, this
youthful, medium-bodied red offers ripe
strawberry and cherry fruit with savory
complexity and toast on the finish.... more
Fresh, red fruits, mineral, sauvage, and floral; Medium bodied, well-structured, earthy, round fruitAbel names his cuvées after the soil types found in his vineyards. The Pedregoso cuvée (pedregoso translates to stony soil) is fermented in whole ... more
Columna is produced by winemaker Rodrigo Mendez, Raul Perez’s right hand man. Located in Condado de Tea region of Rias Baixas, where Albarino thrives in the mountainous region along the right bank of the Mino River. The vines were planted in ... more
Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio responds faithfully to the traditions of the mythical Albariño wines.The albariño grapes from which Abadía de San Campio was made, which were picked between October 1 and 3, came from the plots at Goian (Argallo), ... more
The 2008 La Vicalanda Reserva seems backward and closed, probably the effect of a cooler year. The color is a saturated, dark red and the nose is initially limited to tertiary aromas of leather, meat and some spices. Balanced, with good acidity, ... more
2005: 87 Points
- Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator
: "This chewy red shows gamy and earthy notes framing plum, warm stone and leather flavors. Offers good grip—and a distinctive profile—in a rustic style. "
2005: 90 ... more
Bodegas Cepa 21 presents its new wine, HITO, thus complementing the winery’s range. HITO is a dynamic wine, modern, along the lines that the winery set-up at its creation and with the release of its signature wine, Cepa 21. HITO breaks the mold in ... more