About Spanish Wine

About Spanish Wine
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

FINA 2014  Priorat
96 points
$27
Bright deep purple color. Exotic aromas of rose water, ivory and black olives, black violet and overripe strawberries, and marzipan with a lightly tannic, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long mexican mole, silt, cassis and plum fruit leather, and hint of green pepper finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dark and mysterious Priorat with great aging potential; reminiscent of exotic perfume.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
1270 a vuit 2009  Priorat
96 points
$45
Dark deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of wet leaves, apple cider, overripe strawberry, and stone pine with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length granite, grape candy and maraschino cherry, violet, and leather finish with chalky, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A mineral-like textured Priorat with friendly fruit and floral nuances.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Red Wine
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Rosé Pinot Noir
95 points
$22
Dusty silvery amber color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, herbal honey, and lilacs with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long spiced pomegranate and coconut, blood orange and kiwi, and hint of herbal cherry lozenge finish with no oak. A rich and intricate rosé Cava with enticing layers of fruit, spice, and herbs.
Emina Pasión 2016  Tempranillo
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Medium ruby black color. Aromas of serrano ham, root beer, cocoa dusted hazelnut gelato, sweet paprika, and huckleberry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry full body and a complex, long dusty leather, fruit leather, apricot stones, dried tobacco leaf, and granite finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A fortress of rich deep fruit with walls of tannin flanked by an army of acid; the smoke of battle lingers.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Burgo Viejo 2013 Licenciado Reserva Rioja DOC
94 points
$50
Black violet color. Aromas of balsamic drizzled fig, chopped dates, and chocolate covered cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate-coconut seven layer bar, cafe latte and vanilla cola, cherry pit, and leather finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A nicely concentrated Rioja with ashy tannins to complement beef.
Bonaval NV Brut Rosado Cava DO
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate graham crackers, strawberries yogurt, plantain skin, and hint of rubber leaf with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length pomegranate white raspberry relish, blood orange with cornichon, nut brittle, and wet limestone finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich flavorful cava with mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Cava DO
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candle wax, starfruit, and white mulberry jam with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long melon, yellow apple, caramelized green pear, and coconut water finish. A sophisticated and nuanced Cava that is also simply delicious.
93 points $20 Best Buy
30 Copelos 2015 Red Blend Ribeiro
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, pencil shavings, and craisins with a vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a long marinated beets, roasted nuts, cocoa-dusted pomegranate, and cedar finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, flavor-packed yet elegant and complex Spanish red that stimulates the senses.
93 points $18 Best Buy
FYI 2017 Red Blend Spain
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate nuts and cake, French toast with maple, and sandalwood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length chocolate cherry bonbons, watermelon vanilla gelato, peppered nuts, and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright and fruity Spanish red that drinks effortlessly.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Domènech Vidal 2015 Cultivare Xarello
92 points
$35
Light gold color. Fruity, elegant aromas of dried pineapple and apricots, white tea with meyer lemon, chamomile, orange wheels, and nectarine with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a complex, medium-long toasted croissant with vanilla creme and porcelain finish with a suggestion of oak. A beautifully balanced wine that offers elegant fruit, zippy acidity, and a long finish; pair with excellent cheese or Moroccan tagine.