About Red Wines from Spain

About Red Wines from Spain
Spain today ranks as the third largest wine producing nation, trailing only France and Italy in the category. Vineyards are planted in numerous regions throughout the country and recently tens of thousands of acres have been planted in the La Mancha region, not far from Madrid in the middle of Spain. There are many different types of Spanish wines, ranging from the highly popular and enjoyable sparkling wines known as Cava; these well made wines are reasonably priced. Albariño, a dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain, has become very popular in the US market, especially as a food wine with Asian or fusion cuisine. Of course, Spain is best known for its red wines. Historically the most famous and highly regarded reds have been from Rioja, but as of late reds from Ribera del Duero and Priorat have helped boost Spain's identity as a country of superior red wines. Finally, there are sherries of exceptional quality in various degrees of dryness and sweetness; these are among the world's greatest and most popular fortified wines.

Top Picks for Spain

Red Wines

Particular 2014 Viñas Centenarias Old Vine Garnacha
94 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry, blueberry pie, hibiscus, pickled gherkins with dill, and cinnamon-spiced apples with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long strawberry coulis, ginger, graphite, and ground pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, prim and polished grenache with tantalizing spicy undertones, creamy French oak and conversation-starting minerality.
Grifoll Declara 2016 Red Blend Priorat
94 points
$38
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, savory herbs, powdery florals, earth, and dried mint with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, very complex, long finish evoking accents of almond and rose water with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious red from Priorat with riveting twists and turns; new nuances to discover around every corner.
Licenciado 2014 Riserva Tempranillo
94 points
$50
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries and prickly pears with caramel, leather bound book, cornichon, and cactus blossoms with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long finish displaying notes of black raspberry with cocoa, slate, and roasted beets and parsnips with light oak flavor. A complex and seductive Rioja that reveals the depth of its charm after patient aeration.
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blistered tomatoes, olives, saffron, and beets with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish with medium tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy Ribera del Duero with an assertive, complex character.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Paniza 2015 Última Garnacha
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered raspberry, pomegranate, black cassis, star anise, and sweet tobacco with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish revealing notes of vanilla-sandalwood and smoky charcoal with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavor-packed wine complete with smoke, fruit, and spice that will be a great choice for grilled meats; a must-try, vivacious wine.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Grifoll Declara 2016 Can Maurisset Red Blend Priorat
92 points
$42
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate, black tea, mallow, and cedar with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long celery leaf, cinnamon-dusted prune, granite, and sea salt finish with light oak flavor. A firm and steady Priorat with scintillating minerality and spicy intrigue.
Campo Viejo 2015 Reserva Tempranillo
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Earthy, mature aromas and flavors of dried figs and dates, balsamic reduction, rose hip jam, castelvetrano olives, and wet leaves with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, very long finish displaying notes of smoked almonds, candied orange peel, and carob. A mature, layered Tempranillo that drinks wonderfully now and will continue to blossom with time.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Rayen 2018  Garnacha Tintorera
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated mushrooms, sweet cherries, tobacco, fresh thyme on strawberries, and coconut with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with notes of raspberry and pineapple relish and rose water with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, juicy Spanish red with wide appeal; bright floral aromas enthrall the senses.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Barons Creek Vineyards 2017 Campeon Red Blend Montsant
91 points
$48
Indigo color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut brittle, cherry gastrique, fruit leather, and cajeta with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of ruby port, hibiscus spiced apple, nuts, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A big, chewy Spanish red with a lot of fruit and attractive oxidative notes.
Portento 2018  Petit Verdot
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry wine, raisins, black pepper, coriander seed, and basil with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm tannins. A rock-solid Petit Verdot that checks all the boxes.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy