About White Wines from Spain

About White 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

White Wines

Ramon Cardova 2018  Albarino
91 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of roasted limes and nuts with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of green apple, lemon, and reduced lime. A bright and satisfying albariño with classic flavor and style.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Spanish White
91 points $19.99
Paniza 2018  Viura
89 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon marmalade, ripe pear, jasmine, musk, and basil with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long sweet kiwi, guanabana, sea salt, and banana chip finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and floral dry white that will be excellent with shellfish.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Agoston 2018  Viura-Chardonnay
88 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of baked apple, rainier cherry, lemon blossom, and buttery pastry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length apple custard and chamomile tea with honey finish. A soft and pillowy Spanish white that envelopes the palate with an apple-scented Iberian hug.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
HOM 2018 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe melon, spiced apple, passionfruit, white grapefruit, key lime, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A classic, crisp and juicy Sauvignon Blanc that offers instant refreshment.
88 points $15.99
Bú NV  Viura-Airen-Verdejo
86 points
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fresh, fruity aromas of forelle pear, pineapple, white grapefruit marmalade, honeycomb, tangerine zest, and petrol with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a breezy limestone, lime pith, and gravel finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and mineral-forward white that calls for shellfish pairings.
86 points $6 Best Buy
Nobella NV  Viura
86 points
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of green apple in yogurt, white peach, graham cracker crumble on meringue, and orange flower water with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, cheery tangerine flesh and pith and nougat finish with no oak flavor. A silky Spanish white with delicate fruits and a floral charm.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Ochavado 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
Yellow straw color. Candied aromas of kiwi-peach lollipop, lemon oil, cotton candy, and cherry jell-o with a glycerous, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy green apple and pear cobbler finish with no oak flavor. A strangely candied and atypical Sauvignon Blanc; a hot weather slammer.
86 points $17.99
Fabula de Paniza 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
Straw green color. Aromas of apple puree, ripe green apple, and toast with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, short lemon spritz and shale finish. A crisp and dry Chardonnay ideal for lunch al fresco.
85 points $8.99
Vinas de Paniza 2018 Oak Aged Chardonnay
85 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple butter, shortbread dough, valencia orange, fondant, and sage with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, fast finish displaying shades of lemon spritz and shale with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Chardonnay with bright acidity and highly pairable style.
85 points $11.99
HOM 2018 Organic Chardonnay
85 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple candies, dough, roasted pineapple, and plantain with a soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, momentary finish. A solid quaffer.
85 points $15.99