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April 2013 - Spain - All Wines Including Sherry

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

Alberte 2011  DO Ribeiro
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
L’Equilibrista 2010 Negre DO Catalunya
92 points
$27.99
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
BAU 2009 Crianza Rioja DOC
92 points
$29
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.
Urbezo 2009 Crianza DO Cariñena
91 points
$10
Best Buy
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
L’Obila 2005 Celler Costers del Ros Priorat DOQ
91 points
$70
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.
Convento el Carmen 2008  Petit Verdot
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Krel 2009 Crianza DO Ribera del Duero
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Nice nose of black fruits, cherries and warm wood accents. Rich flavors follow with ample tannins in support.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Lagar de Pintos 2011  Albarino
90 points
$24.99
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
Trillón 2011 Verdejo DO Rueda
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Fuenteseca 2012  Macabeo-Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Martín Códax 2011  Albarino
89 points
$15
Best Buy
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
L’Equilibrista 2010  Granatxa
89 points
$40.99
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
Urbezo 2011 Old Vines Garnacha
88 points
$8.40
Best Buy
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
Tramuz 2011  DO Ribera del Duero
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Ca N’Estruc 2011 Blanc DO Catalunya
88 points
$15.99
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
L’Equilibrista 2011 Blanc DO Catalunya
88 points
$31.99
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
Fuenteseca 2011  Bobal-Cabernet Sauvginon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Krel 2010 Roble DO Ribera del Duero
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Castiñeira 2011  Albarino
87 points
$16.99
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
Convento el Carmen 2006 Selección Jumilla D.O.
85 points
$14
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.
Mermelada 2010 "Sassy Red" D.O. Costers del Segre
84 points
$10.99
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
Tarantas 2011  Monastrell
84 points
$11.99
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
Martín Códax 2010 ERGO DOC Rioja
84 points
$14
Vibrant nose of dark cherries and cherry syrup. Fruit driven flavors follow along with a short tannic, lightly papery finish.
Tarantas 2011  Cava D.O.C.
84 points
$14.99
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
Campo Viejo 2007 "Dominio" Rioja DOC
84 points
$32.99
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
Tenue 2009 Crianza DOC Rioja
83 points
$15.99
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
Ponce de Abayda 2009 Crianza DOC Rioja
82 points
$15.99
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
Tenue 2011  Tempranillo
81 points
$11.99
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
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