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

Princesa NV Brut Nature Cava DO
92 points
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
Gran Barón NV Brut Bio Cava DO
90 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe tangerine, chamomile, honey, dried peach, caramel, and straw with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of toasted almond croissant with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Cava.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Tarantas 2017 Sparkling Rosé Bobal
86 points
Best Buy
Brilliant light siam color. Fruity aromas of white chocolate dipped raspberry, strawberry preserves, peach tea, fresh rose, and baked nectarine with a round, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy cherry hard candies, cherry hand pie, and ripe red plum finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A densely fruity sparkler with rich texture and body.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Princesa NV Brut Rosé Cava DO
83 points
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of dusty peach, marinated strawberry, iodine, and watermelon candy with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, quick finish. An everyday sparkler.
83 points $16.99
Dellara NV Brut Cava DO
83 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of vanilla fondant, honey, lumber, and rubber with a round, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length honeycrisp apple skins, orange peel, fallen peach, sea salt, and straw finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A potent cava that will surely make a statement at your next celebration.
83 points $5.99