April 2015 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
210008
19Quince
NV Dessert Arien
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210009
19Quince
NV Dessert Garnacha
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209974
Picos Del Montgo
2013 Old Vines Garnacha
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209980
Montgo
2012 Monastrell
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210006
La Cruz Vega
2013 Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209972
Radio Boca
2013 Monastrell Rosé
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210007
La Cruz Vega
2012 "Terroir" La Mancha
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209982
Viña Altamar
2013 Verdejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209978
Montgo
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210154
Comenge
2010 Ribera del Duero
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209976
El Paso Del Lazo
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209970
Radio Boca
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209973
Picos Del Montgo
2013 Old Vines Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209979
Montgo
2012 Garnacha
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210155
Don Miguel Comenge
2009 Ribera del Duero
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210005
La Cruz Vega
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210156
Biberius
2013 Ribera del Duero
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210153
Comenge
2014 Verdejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209981
Flor del Montgo
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209975
Piquitos Valentino
2013 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209977
El Paso Del Lazo
2013 Viura-Verdejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209971
Radio Boca
2013 Verdejo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210069
Baile Bravo
NV Dry Red Wine Tempranillo-Garnacha
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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