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April 2015 - Spain & Portugal

April 2015 - Spain & Portugal
This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines

Spain & Portugal Reviews

19Quince NV Dessert Arien
92 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Medium bright golden amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity spicy aromas of vanilla nougat, spiced almonds, clarified butter, and white pepper with a supple, lively, sweet full body and a smooth, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Great wine to have at the end of a meal or on its own.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
19Quince NV Dessert Garnacha
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Medium dark brick red color. Bold, fruity, sweet attractive aromas of strawberry tart, molasses, sultanas, and mince meat with a supple, lively, sweet full body and a graceful, very long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. Rich and balanced, meditate over this on its own.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Picos Del Montgo 2013 Old Vines Garnacha
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Rich, fruity, floral aromas of spiced apples and raspberries, violets, pomegranate sorbet, and creamy oak with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, medium-long cherry chutney, custard, nuts, and pencil shaving finish with silky tannins and light oak. A mouthwateringly delicious and versatile red that is sure to please.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Montgo 2012  Monastrell
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright dark violet color. Fruity, savory buttery aromas of dark wine gums, blackberry cobbler, elephant hide, and dried twigs with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a warming, long finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. Nice, big integrated flavors.
91 points $18 Best Buy
La Cruz Vega 2013  Syrah
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright medium violet color. Creamy, fruity spicy interesting aromas of underripe black currants, smoked meat, white pepper, and black cherry with a supple, crisp, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Very rich and savory flavors with a subtle peppery finish.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Radio Boca 2013  Monastrell Rose
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale salmon old gold color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas of purple wine gums, dried plums, turned earth, and hint of salinity with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish with well integrated tannins and light oak. A rich, flavorful rose that speaks to summer fare.
90 points $12 Best Buy
La Cruz Vega 2012 "Terroir" La Mancha
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Delicate, attractive, spicy aromas of dried apricot, sour cherry cobbler, and black currants with a oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long blackberry, marinated beets, and cedar finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and lively well balanced Tempranillo for all occasions.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Viña Altamar 2013  Verdejo
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright golden yellow color. Rich, fruity, attractive aromas of honey roasted apple, spiced pineapple, and pound cake with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long mixed citrus, yellow apple, nuts, and coconut finish with fruit tannins and light oak. An attractive, fruit driven white with vibrant acidity for the table.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Montgo 2013  Tempranillo
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas of toffee, boysenberry pie, and creme brulee with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length blood orange, blueberry, nut, and slate finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy tempranillo that will shine at the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Comenge 2010  Ribera del Duero
90 points
$24.99
Opaque dark garnet color. Lively, interesting, fruity aromas of pickled melon, spiced mulberries, and tomato with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long nuts, cedar, and minerals finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A delicate spicy, savory Spanish red.
90 points $24.99
El Paso Del Lazo 2013  Tempranillo
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Bright, fruity aromas of huckleberries and cherry chutney with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length cedar, nuts, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid tempranillo with very good structure and fruit.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Radio Boca 2013  Tempranillo
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Bright, smoky aromas of grilled berries and roasted nuts with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length blueberries, sour cherry, Asian spices, and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A juicy, fruity tempranillo with great table appeal.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Picos Del Montgo 2013 Old Vines Tempranillo
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Bright, fruity aromas of white chocolate, nougat, cherry sauce, and pepper with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length craisin, pomegranate, almond skin, and cedar finish with light oak. A very approachable, fruit driven tempranillo.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Montgo 2012  Garnacha
89 points
$18
Bright medium dark violet color. Lively, fruity, spicy interesting aromas of spiced wild cherries, wood smoke, grilled green herbs, and garrigue with a chewy, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak. Brings one back to the warmth and spice of Spain.
Don Miguel Comenge 2009  Ribera del Duero
89 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Attractive, fruity aromas of chocolate raisins and cherries and coconut macaroon with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length vanilla cream, spiced praline, melon, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and nicely composed red.
La Cruz Vega 2013  Tempranillo
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Delicate, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, berry custard tart, and honeycomb with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length pomegranate jam, delicate peppery spice, and cedar finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid tempranillo that will be nice with a juicy tape.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Biberius 2013  Ribera del Duero
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Rich, toasty aromas of roasted nuts and berries, caramel buttercream, coffee, and pickling spices with a oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long pencil shavings and earth finish with chewy earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, smoky red.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Comenge 2014  Verdejo
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Bold, fruity aromas of guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit with a soft, tart, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, relaxed lemon, nutskin, melon rind, and mineral finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A lovely shellfish wine that smells and drinks like a NZ sauvignon blanc.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Flor del Montgo 2013  Tempranillo
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Opaque dark violet color. Delicate, smoky, creamy aromas of charred nuts, creme brulee, cranberry chutney, and peppercorn with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, breezy sour cherry and cedar finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, appetizing red that is sure to please.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Piquitos Valentino 2013  Moscato
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright pale light golden straw color. Bold, floral, fruity aromas of green nectarines, white flowers, salted butter, and minerality with a even, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty off-dry white made in a savory style.
87 points $12 Best Buy
El Paso Del Lazo 2013  Viura-Verdejo
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of tropical citrus, toasted yeast, honeycomb, and geranium with a even, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, compelling, breezy melon rind, lemon water, green apple, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A solid Spanish white that will work well with shellfish.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Radio Boca 2013  Verdejo
85 points
$12
Pale gold color. Delicate, toasty, creamy aromas of nut brittle, baked apples and pears, and lemon pith with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length nutskin and pineapple flesh finish with papery tannins and light oak. A solid Spanish white with a hint of nutty oak.
Baile Bravo NV Dry Red Wine Tempranillo-Garnacha
83 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Medium dark clear garnet color. Mild, fruity, funky aromas of black fruits, wild yeast, old oak staves, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, short finish with firm tannins and light oak. A simple, funky, rustic Spanish red.
83 points $5.99 Best Buy
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