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
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2014 Priorat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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2009 Priorat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Burgo Viejo
2013 Licenciado Reserva Rioja DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Castillo de Albai
2011 Reserva Rioja DOC
Garnet black color. Toasty, complex aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, dark chocolate, spiced berries, and sarsaparilla and leather with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length caramel apple, nuts, earth, and menthol mint finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A delightfully balanced and flavorful Rioja.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Casado Morales
2009 Gran Reserva Rioja DOC
Cloudy garnet black color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries, wintergreen, menthol tobacco, and chocolate nuts with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced tomato, cedar, and nutskins finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy, cellarable Rioja with an intriguing wintergreen note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bodegas Escudero
2008 Vidau Rioja DOC
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, blackberry pie a la mode, and delicate spice with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long sour cherries and craisins, nuts, and leather finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A supple and inviting Rioja that begs another sip.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bodegas Escudero
2008 Arvum Rioja DOC
Violet color. Toasty, tropical aromas and flavors of toasted coconut, berry pie, toffee, and slate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length sour cherries and berries in cream, nutskin, and oak finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A silky, sumptuous Rioja for now or later.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Burgo Viejo
2011 "Licenciado" Reserva Rioja DOC
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of dried and baked berries, pistachio nougat, spice cake, and cherry cola with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long chocolate mint and almonds, menthol tobacco, caramelized lime and tomato, and dusty earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy and herbal Rioja with a great range of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Tarantas
2014 Crianza Tempranillo
Bright ruby black color. Aromas of ripe forest berries, freshly tilled earth, fine leather, and roasted nuts with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, complex, long bramble, tar, cured meats, and black pepper finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. A superb tempranillo worthy of a fine meal.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Granza
2013 Tinta de Toro
Dark color. Aromas of sour raspberry, red cherry, plum, jamón serrano, and stewed tomato with an sharp, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long cocoa nib and espresso finish with firm tannins. A full-bodied, palate-coating Spanish Red.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab