April 2014 - Spain and Portugal - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Spanish and Portuguese - All Wines
Spain and Portugal - All Wines Reviews
205890
Lacruz Vega
2012 Syrah
Garnet purple color. Savory aromas of roasted beets, huckleberries, beeswax, and cherries with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, sweet citrus and a spiced pear, cocoa, violet candy, and cedar finish. Very tasty.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205872
Quinta da Ponte Pedrinha
2007 Dao DOC
Ruby with a red brick cast. Aromas and flavors of honeyed blueberries and cherries, smoked peppercorns, pencil shavings, nougat, and clay with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy cigar tobacco and earth accented finish. A rich and stylish table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205980
Serrania
2012 Red Wine Douro
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam and honey cream on toast with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy apple, nut, and crunchy tannin finish. A delightful sipper or table wine that will cover a lot of bases.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205848
Tierras Guindas
2012 Toro D.O.
Garnet purple color. Aromas of black pepper, blackberries, and apples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, cherry, beet and earth accented finish. A nice savory sipper or table wine.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205849
Tierras Guindas
2012 Ribera del Duero D.O.
Dark garnet color. Aromas of black raspberry jam on toast, mint, and toffee with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creme brulee, apple skin, cedar, and chewy tannin finish. Nicely expressive and poised for the table.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205851
Fernandez Gomez
2010 Crianza Rioja D.O.C.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of plums, blackberry and cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, cedar, and spice kissed finish with fine chewy tannins. A charming sipper or table wine.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206030
De Alto de Amo
2012 Rioja DOC
Garnet. Aromas of beeswax, cedar, blackberries and gherkins with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, apple skin, and sour cherry nuanced finish with plump, chewy tannins. A very good table wine.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205850
Tierras Guindas
2012 Rueda D.O.
Deep straw green. Aromas of baked mango and papaya and blood orange with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, praline, apple, key lime, and chalk accented finish. A nice sipper or table wine.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205998
Angelitos Negros
2012 D.O. Toro
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry cobbler and floral honey with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy, creamy vanilla and cedar accented finish. A rock solid sipper or table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205997
Cachito Mío
2012 Roble D.O. Toro
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of aromas of blackberry yogurt, nougat, and pickled melon with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, blood orange and cedar accented finish. Tasty and table friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205869
OJA!
2012 Garnacha
Dark ruby color. Vibrant aromas of spicy cherry and huckleberry compotes with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy craisin, nutskin, and tannin accented finish. Solid table wine.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205889
Lacruz Vega
2012 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas of plums, boysenberries, and blood orange sorbet with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nut brittle and mineral accented finish with with chewy tannins. A solid table wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205852
Fernandez Gomez
2012 Seleccion Familia Rioja D.O.C.
Pale straw color. Toasty nutty aromas lead with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed baked apple, pine cone, and melon finish. A tasty sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206031
De Alto de Amo
2012 Blanco Rioja DOC
Mild aromas of baked lemon, almond shell, and papaya with a soft, dryish light body and short green pear and nut oil finish. A simple quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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