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

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
Leyenda NV Pedro Ximenez Sherry Jerez de la Frontera
93 points
$18.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of mashed raisins and prunes and chocolate nuts with a bright, sweet medium-full body and a subtle, long finish that presents notes of fig paste, mincemeat pie, and baklava with no oak flavor. A rich and toothsome PX Sherry with great length and depth.
93 points $18.99
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.
Princesa NV Brut Nature Cava DO
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Floral, inviting aromas of candied meyer lemon, yuzu marmalade, candied pineapple, sweet basil, and salted parker roll with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, sunflower, and pastry crust finish with light oak flavor. A richly structured sparkler that will stand the test of time.
92 points $16.99 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
Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedes
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy