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

Padro & Co.  Reserva Especial Sweet Vermouth
95 points
Dark brown color. Complex aromas and flavors of fennel, leather, cacao nibs, cola, fig, espresso beans, dried cherry, candied pecan, and nougat with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish with touches of honey on tangerines, quinine, dried apple, cassia, nutmeg, lavender, and gentian finish. A poignant and complex, old-world vermouth for stellar manhattans; thoroughly enjoyable on rocks and in spritzes.
Awards: 2018 Best Vermouth Red
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Rosé Pinot Noir
95 points
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 finish that shows shades of spiced pomegranate and coconut, blood orange and kiwi, and hint of herbal cherry lozenge with no oak flavor. A rich and intricate rosé Cava with enticing layers of fruit, spice, and herbs.
Particular 2014 Viñas Centenarias Old Vine Garnacha
94 points
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
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
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.
Emina Pasión 2016  Tempranillo
94 points
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 flavor. 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
Kirkland Signature 2012 Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
93 points
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
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
Bonaval NV Brut Rosado Cava DO
93 points
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 finish evoking overtones of pomegranate white raspberry relish, blood orange with cornichon, nut brittle, and wet limestone with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich flavorful cava with mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Cava DO
93 points
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 finish that presents accents of melon, yellow apple, caramelized green pear, and coconut water. A sophisticated and nuanced Cava that is also simply delicious.
93 points $20 Best Buy