April 2013 - Spain - All Wines Including Sherry

This month's Wine feature is Spanish - All Wines Including Sherry Wines
Spain - All Wines Including Sherry Reviews
201751
Alberte
2011 DO Ribeiro
Attractive aromas of flowers, lychee, and peach sauce with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy well-balanced pear, apple, and mineral accented finish. A deliciously satisfying white wine that is sure to please.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201748
L’Equilibrista
2010 Negre DO Catalunya
Aromas of beeswax candle, chocolate creme brulee, dill pickle, and briar berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, kiwi, cedar, and hung game accented finish. A nicely structured and very flavorful red for the table.
92 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202229
BAU
2009 Crianza Rioja DOC
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of blackberry gelato, sweet pipe tobacco, and blueberry pie with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, vibrant cedar, spiced blackberry, vanilla cream, and mineral driven finish. A racy, fruit driven red that will be great with prime rib and baby rack of lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202112
Urbezo
2009 Crianza DO Cariñena
Dark ruby red color. Bold aromas and flavors of flowers, pistachio brittle, chocolate cherries, and tomato jelly with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blood orange, creamy mocha, and cedar finish. A lively flavorful red that works well on its own or with food.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202017
L’Obila
2005 Celler Costers del Ros Priorat DOQ
Dark ruby with a brick rim. Mature aromas of stewed ripe berries, coconut custard, leather and clay with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, craisin, cocoa, melon, pencil and spice finish with seamlessly integrated wood tannins. A very traditionally made and mature Spanish red for filet mignon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201720
Convento el Carmen
2008 Petit Verdot
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-berry pie and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an effortless, tangy, cedar, vanilla, and nutskin accented finish. A really smooth sipper that is drinking well now, or pair with tapas and pasta.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201745
Krel
2009 Crianza DO Ribera del Duero
Nice nose of black fruits, cherries and warm wood accents. Rich flavors follow with ample tannins in support.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201754
Lagar de Pintos
2011 Albariño
Big tears, straw robe with an emerald cast. Toasted brewers yeast notes lead with a delicate spiced ripe peach back note. Creamy toasty attack and tangy Meyer lemon and mineral flavors linger. Very classy.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201752
Trillón
2011 Verdejo DO Rueda
Bright guava, passionfruit, and fruit salad aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart citrus, apple, melon rind, and grassy earth accented finish. A fun verdejo with great tropical fruit and balanced acidity.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201746
Fuenteseca
2012 Macabeo-Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Vibrant aromas of passionfruit, guava, melon, and custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, Meyer lemon and grassy earth accented finish. The sauvignon blanc character really shines through, and makes this a very fun and appetizing wine for sipping or the table.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201920
Martín Códax
2011 Albariño
Enticing nose of ripe peaches, apple sauce and a hint of the ocean. Rich entry and nice cleansing blood orange and Meyer lemon notes. A hint of nectarine then a bone dry finish.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201750
L’Equilibrista
2010 Granatxa
Rich garnet color. Aromas of wild strawberries, vanilla custard cake, chocolate plums, incense, and peppercorn with a soft, dryish medium body and blackberry, cream, cedar, and pistachio accented finish with powdery coating tannins. Rich and brooding; will improve with time.
89 points $40.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202113
Urbezo
2011 Old Vines Garnacha
Deep garnet color. Aromas of honeyed raspberry compote, raisinette, and blueberry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy spiced cherry, melon, pencil, and vanilla cream accented finish with delicately supportive tannins. A great everyday sipper or table wine.
88 points $8.40 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201743
Tramuz
2011 DO Ribera del Duero
Dark Mazzard cherries, cherry Pez and a nice tobacco note. Richly textured entry with a good depth of fruit and ample fine tannins. This is an age worthy wine.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201961
Ca N’Estruc
2011 Blanc DO Catalunya
Perfumed aromas of peony, praline, and peach cobbler with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty citrus, melon, caramel apple and slightly smoky mineral accented finish. A really nice choice for grilled fish.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201749
L’Equilibrista
2011 Blanc DO Catalunya
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of creme brulee, toasted nuts, and Key lime pie with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus, melon, and praline accented finish. A rounded, pleasing sipper.
88 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201747
Fuenteseca
2011 Bobal-Cabernet Sauvginon
Garnet color. Polished aromas and flavors of cassis jam, pickled beet and radish, and chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and dried cherry, nut, and spice finish. A really nice everyday wine that will be great with pasta dishes.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201744
Krel
2010 Roble DO Ribera del Duero
Big tears, bright deep ruby robe. Funky, toasty barnyard notes lead along with a subtle black cherry back note. Rich supple flavors and ample fine tannins persist along with baked parchment flavors.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201753
Castiñeira
2011 Albariño
Aromas of nectarines, tangerines and a soft key lime cream scent. Rich entry with a grippy taut dry finish. A nice shellfish wine.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201718
Convento el Carmen
2006 Selección Jumilla D.O.
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of dried flowers, marinated tomatoes and cherries with a soft, dryish medium body and a tart blackberry, plum skin, and nut finish. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201697
Mermelada
2010 "Sassy Red" D.O. Costers del Segre
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and nuts with very fruity light-to-medium body and a raspberry jam on raisin toast finish. A pleasant, off-dry red sipper.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201307
Tarantas
2011 Monastrell
Ruby color. Slightly smoky roasted nuts and cherries and cedar aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, sour apple, honey, and cedar driven finish with powdery tannins.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201921
Martín Códax
2010 ERGO DOC Rioja
Vibrant nose of dark cherries and cherry syrup. Fruit driven flavors follow along with a short tannic, lightly papery finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201308
Tarantas
2011 Cava D.O.C.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of baked coconut and tropical fruit have oxidized latex and glue note with a crisp, sourish medium body an sharp, frothy, fruit puree, pickled melon, nougat and chalk finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201705
Campo Viejo
2007 "Dominio" Rioja DOC
Nice "old world" nose. Mazzard cherries and a hint of tobacco. Flavors don’t follow the expectations of the nose as they are lighter and truncated with heavy tannins. A bit of a disappointment given the appeal of this brand’s other bottlings.
84 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201740
Tenue
2009 Crianza DOC Rioja
Toasted oak and hints of molten plastic lead. On the palate cherries and a bit of tobacco. Light flavors pull up short.
83 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201741
Ponce de Abayda
2009 Crianza DOC Rioja
Dark cherries with an off putting lacquer-like note. On the palate, tart cherries and a new carpet backing scent. An easy youth-full drink but odd flavors detract.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201742
Tenue
2011 Tempranillo
Bright ripe cherry notes lead with a bit of the barnyard. Ample tannins come on too quickly and cut into the flavors.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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