About Sparkling Wines from Spain

About Sparkling 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

Sparkling Wines

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 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.
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 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
$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 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
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
Cava dell’Ara NV Semi Seco Cava DO
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, brioche, dried apricot, almond brittle, and petrol with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long pears in honey syrup, straw, lime cordial, and marmalade on toast finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty cava for special occasions.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Origen Brut Rosé Garnacha
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of cherry skin and strawberry leaf with a soft, spritzy, dry light body and a snappy white strawberry and pink peppercorn finish. A subtle yet refreshing Cava rose for lighter fare before the richer courses.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Gran Barón  Brut Cava DO
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest and beeswax with an lively, finely carbonated, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish displaying notes of underripe pineapple. A zippy little Cava perfect for kicking off a long Tapas meal.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Origen Brut Cava DO
89 points
$17
Bright straw green color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of banana, apple-melon relish, fresh meringue, and clay pot with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of nectarine and kiwi with no oak flavor. A clean, bright and refreshing Cava that hits all the right notes.
Viña Albali NV Brut Sparkling Spain
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of sliced green apple, key lime meringue, sliced cucumber, and sea foam with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy white peach and bubblegum finish with no oak flavor. A balanced, fresh and fruity sparkler for everyday celebrations.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Viña Albali NV Sparkling Rosé Spain
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of underripe raspberry, crisp pink apples, and fresh herbs with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length summer watermelon, sliced strawberry, pink peppercorn, and blood orange finish. A tasty and bright rose sparkler with much to love.
88 points $10 Best Buy