June 2015 - Special Spanish Wine Tasting

This month's Wine feature is Special Spanish Wine Tasting Wines
Special Spanish Wine Tasting Reviews
210533
Valdevinas
2004 "Mirat" Reserve Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Mature, attractive aromas of baked berries, melted chocolate, delicate spices and herbs, and tamari with a creamy, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length dried sour cherry, blood orange, and chocolate craisins and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and heavy oak. A fantastically rich, vibrant, and nuanced mature Spanish red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210526
Majuelos de Callejo
2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Bright dark black garnet color. Lively, earthy, meaty aromas of berry soda bread, pickled watermelon rind, and beef bouillon with an oily, lively, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate berries and citrus peels, spice, nutskin, and cedar finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Spanish wine with a funky, earthy edge that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210523
Palacio de Bornos
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale clear light bright straw color. Delicate, attractive, fruity toasty aromas of roasted almonds, peach tart, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length lemonade, mossy earth, and olive finish with fruit, well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A lively and flavorful dry white wine that is sure to please.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210528
Linaje Garsea
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Dark bright black garnet color. Bright, buttery, nutty aromas of roasted walnuts, blueberry pie crust, and lentil with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-long craisins, delicate spice, and sandalwood finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, appetizing red with a great savory character.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210933
Protos
2010 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Black garnet color. Bright, buttery aromas of almond brittle and berry tart with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-length chocolate, craisin, mocha nuts, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A silky, flavorful red that is a pleasure to drink.
93 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210592
Altogrande
2011 "Crianza" Ribera del Duero
Black ruby color. Delicate aromas of dried sour cherries and cocoa with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length spiced nuts and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and appetizing wine that will be quite versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210577
Jose Pariente
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale straw color. Interesting aromas of grilled peppers and pickled okra with an even, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length melon rind, grapefruit rind, and minerals finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A snappy, wild and wooly sauvignon blanc.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210562
Rivendel
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Black ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of chocolate covered berries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length raspberry cobbler, smoked nuts, and creamy vanilla finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A robust, flavor packed red that is sure to please.
92 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211027
Bodegas Rodero
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb, olive, dried cherry, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length cedar, chocolate dried blueberries and nuts, and earth finish with earthy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A complex, meaty, and layered red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210921
Dominio Basconcillos
2012 Organic Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie a la mode, floral honey, and baklava with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long coconut gelato and toffee finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210691
3 Ases
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas of baked berries, spice, and chocolate mint cookie with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length chocolate orange and lemon peels, craisin, vanilla nuts, and earth finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious and appealing red with serious structure and finesse.
91 points $14.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210527
Linaje Garsea
2009 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, creamy, fruity toasty aromas of chocolate nuts, gherkin, and dried berries with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length sandalwood, olive, and creme brulee finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and multilayered, savory red wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210880
Rudeles
2008 Finca La Nacion Ribera del Duero
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and mint leaf with an tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length creamy vanilla, cassis, cedar, and earth finish with firm, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright, firmly structured red that will excel at the table.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210584
Resalte
2013 Vendimia Seleccionada Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of black raspberry pie a la mode, toffee, and Montaña de Alicante cherries with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiced nuts, cedar bark, and earth finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A delicious, well balanced Spanish red with nice acidity and ageability.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210576
Jose Pariente
2014 Verdejo
Bright medium straw green color. Delicate, interesting aromas of pickled melon, honeyed nuts, and apricot with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length lemon-blood orange sorbet finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A vivacious and mouthwatering white wine.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210529
Emina
2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, roasted nuts, and chocolate cherries with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length craisin, cedar, earth, and beets finish with moderate oak. A nicely oaked, chewy, savory red.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210539
Lecco
2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Deep purple color. Delicate, creamy, fruity aromas of berry custard, nut brittle, and delicate herbs and spices with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length chocolate berries, nutskin, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A well balanced and robust red with an elegant balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211028
Bodegas Rodero
2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Opaque black garnet color. Delicate, fruity, woody earthy aromas of coconut cream, doughy berry pie crust, pencil, and olive skin with an oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate craisins and nuts, sour cherry, blood orange, and top soil finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant red with nicely compacted flavors and structure; this will age well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211095
Eresma
2014 Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of cheese danish, Meyer lemon, and herbs with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length clementine, green apple, and melon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, refreshing white that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210524
Vina Matey
2013 Ecologico Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of brown sugar, cracked pepper, berry compote, and mocha with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length berry skin, pencil shavings, and spiced vanilla cream finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, lively Spanish red wine that has the structure to evolve and improve.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210540
Pena Roble
2010 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate nuts and dried berries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, snappy marinated beets, cocoa, and vanilla nuts finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich and hearty red that will reward you at the table.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210545
Bohorquez
2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of berry vinaigrette, spiced nuts, and honey with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pomegranate, earth, and roasted carrot finish with light oak. A savory, mature red with table tuned flavor and structure.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210511
Lopez Cristobal
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas of nut brittle, dried berries, mocha cream, and clay with an oily, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, relaxed cedar planks, spiced cherries, vanilla cream, and earth finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A firm, youthful Spanish red with a lot of stuffing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210561
Admiracion
2011 Seleccion Especial Ribera del Duero
Bright medium brown brick red color. Earthy, floral toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, toasted black walnuts, spiced berries, and dark tobacco with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
89 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210530
Rento
2011 Ribera del Duero
Opaque black violet color. Lively, baked, jammy aromas of stewed berries, chocolate dried cherry, and spiced peanuts with an oily, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length cedar dust, grassy earth, and praline finish with dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured, somewhat mature red that will work well at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210881
Rudeles
2013 23 Ribera del Duero
Brick red color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black cherry, purple pez, butter cream, and delicate peppery spice with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211043
Bocca
2014 Roble Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Aromas of spicy berry compote, cocoa, and baking spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy marinated beets and tree bark finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Ribera de Duero for the table.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210618
Pinna Fidelis
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Bright medium garnet black color. Fruity, woody aromas of black cherry, butter cream, blond tobacco, and red licorice with a lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210532
Tierra Aranda Roble
2013 Tinto Roble Ribera del Duero
Garnet color. Bright, baked, boozy fruity aromas of baked berries, chocolate sour cream frosting, and marinated beets with a silky, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length black raspberries and cassis, nutskin, and earth finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, attractive and penetrating red that will be even better with time.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210544
Cuatro Rayas
2014 Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of grilled grapefruit, fresh herbs, melon sorbet, and pine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length mint, kiwi, and lime finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely balanced white with a nice savory streak for the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210521
Marquis de Valparaiso
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Deep purple color. Delicate, earthy, nutty aromas of nut brittle, spiced cherries and berries, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length earth, dried lemon, and cedar finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and lively red that will pair well.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210698
Monasterio de Palazuelos
2014 Verdejo
Bright medium emerald straw color. Bright, attractive aromas of peaches in cream, nougat, and spiced melon with a glycerous, tangy, dryish medium body and a polished, intricate, medium-length Meyer lemon, mango, and grassy earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. An appealing, dry white wine that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210602
Cair
2010 Anada Ribera del Duero
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, interesting toasty aromas of damson plums, black cherry, fruit cake, and mocha with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fruit, firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210513
Javier Sanz
2014 Malcorta Verdejo
Bright straw color. Lively, floral, fruity aromas of fruit salad and dried honeysuckle with an even, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy lemon ice, melon, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and light oak. A rock solid dry white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210593
Altogrande
2011 "Vendimia Seleccion" Ribera del Duero
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty aromas of spiced black cherry, tobacco, butter cream, and cedar with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211096
V&R
2014 Verdejo
Bright pale emerald straw color. Mild, pure aromas of melon and lemon with a soft, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy minerals, green apple skin, and nutskin finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A well balanced and lively dry seafood wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210690
3 Ases
2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
Bright dark ruby black color. Fruity, toasty aromas of cherry clafoutis, cherimoya, cream, and gravel with a chewy, tangy, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered finish with fruit, grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $9.50 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210557
Vitulia
2013 Barrica Ribera del Duero
Black garnet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of boysenberries, creamy nougat, and delicate spice with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy sour cherries and delicate herbs finish with papery, firm tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, firmly structured red for the table.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210601
Cair
2011 Cuvee Luci & Begona Ribera del Duero
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of black cherry, red licorice, dried twigs, and lemon pepper with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a peppery, complex, buoyant finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210520
Palacio de Bornos
2014 Verdejo
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Bright, floral aromas of orchids and peonies, peach tart, and melon with a soft, racy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery mango, Meyer lemon, and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and light oak. A bright, cheery, dry white wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210538
Bracamonte
2013 Roble Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry and cranberry tart, candied violets, baking spices, and orange blossoms with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, medium-length pencil shavings, mulberries, and nutskin finish with chewy, hard tannins and moderate oak. A well made, chewy red for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210537
Yllera
2013 Boada Pepe Yllera Tempranillo
Nearly opaque violet color. Rich, fruity, toasty aromas of berry pie and baked apple with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, breezy sandalwood and nutshells finish with clunky, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firm, tangy red for the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210556
Vitulia
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Deep purple color. Fruity, creamy aromas of creme brulee and black raspberry tart with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length vanilla cream and nuts and bark finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210697
De Alberto
2014 Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of apple-peach pastry and praline with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, melon, lemon sorbet, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210512
Javier Sanz
2014 Verdejo
Bright pale straw green color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of grapefruit and grass with a soft, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick green apple skin finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice carefree, dry shellfish wine.
87 points $18.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210543
Cuatro Rayas
2014 Vinedos Centenarios Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of spicy fruit compote and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, breezy Meyer lemon, melon, and minerals finish with fine tannins. A refreshing white with a lot of versatility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210775
Pago De Los Capellanes
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Dark bright garnet black color. Bright aromas of black cherries, tree bark, and tobacco with an lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak. Impressive fine fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211026
Raiz de Guzman
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Lively, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of roasted grain, charred cherries, tobacco, and oven tempered cedar planks with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, layered, medium-length finish with firm, grippy tannins and heavy oak. Enticing savory tannins that should reward cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210776
Pago De Los Capellanes
2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively aromas of blackberry, black cherry, coconut - vanillin, and tobacco with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210606
Ferratus
2013 AO Tempranillo
Bright dark clear violet color. Attractive aromas of coffee gelato, dark cherry tart, and toffee with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, relaxed blood orange, tomato relish, and nuts finish with well-integrated, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A nice steak wine.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210931
Protos
2014 Verdejo
Bright pale medium yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of mango custard and spiced peaches with a soft, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length Meyer lemon and grassy earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A racy white that will cut through rich foods.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210525
Felix Callejo
2011 Vinedos de la Familia Ribera del Duero
Dark bright ruby black color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of dried lavender, chocolate covered berries, and butter roasted nuts with a glycerous, racy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length cherry skins and pits and cedar finish with firm, coating tannins and heavy oak. A very firm and tannic red wine.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211025
Raiz de Guzman
2013 Roble Ribera del Duero
Bright dark garnet black color. Fruity, earthy toasty aromas of sour cherry - lambic, butter cream, dried tobacco leaf, and red licorice with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with fruit, fine, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210534
Valdevinas
2004 "Tinar de Mirat" Crianza Ribera del Duero
Bright medium dusty garnet color. Aromas of cherry clafoutis, tobacco, cedar and parchment, and lemon curd with a tannic, lively, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with grippy, firm tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210536
Cantosan
2014 Vinas Viejas Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of watermelon ice, spice cookie, and apple with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant mint, nutshell, and citrus finish with crunchy, dusty tannins. An interesting, zesty, crunchy white wine that will be nice at the table.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210563
El Lagar de Isilla
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of sour lambic cherry - kriek, cedar, tobacco leaf, and parchment with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered, breezy finish with grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210541
Heredad de Penalosa
2013 Roble Tinto
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, funky, earthy toasty aromas of cherry cobbler, cedar, tobacco, and parchment with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, intricate, rapid finish with woody, grippy tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211042
Somanilla
2012 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Bright medium deep purple color. Lively, spicy aromas of berry compote, chocolate salted caramel, and char-grilled pepper with a glycerous, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, breezy cocoa dusted cranberries, potting soil, and grain husk finish with firm, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy Spanish red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210607
Ferratus
2008 Tempranillo
Bright medium violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity toasty aromas of coffee candy, pecan pie, and berry coulis with an oily, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery blackberries, cedar, pickled beets, and earth finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice savory tempranillo for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210932
Protos
2013 Tinto Fino Ribera del Duero
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of cherry jam, toffee, turned earth, and dried tobacco leaf with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Great nose.
85 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210547
Ardal
2012 "Crianza" Tempranillo - Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of spiced berries, salty roasted nuts, and cedar with a silky, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy cocoa, roasted root vegetables, and bark finish with firm, gritty tannins and heavy oak. A firmly structured red that needs some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210522
Traslagares
2014 Verdejo
Bright clear medium straw green color. Delicate, creamy aromas of peach yogurt and lemon and herbs with an even, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk chalk and melon rind finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210535
Yllera
2014 Vendimia Nocturna Verdejo
Bright clear yellow straw color. Delicate, interesting, earthy aromas of grilled orange and peach, spiced melon, and lanolin with a soft, tart, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, brisk nut oil, lemon verbena, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A very dry, earthy white with bracing acidity.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210531
Emina
2014 Verdejo
Yellow color. Aromas of spiced apple and nuts and reduced lemon with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed dried pineapple and papaya, lime, and minerals finish with no oak. A pleasant, soft and dry white wine.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210542
Heredad de Penalosa
2011 Crianza Ribera del Duero
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of dried berries and beeswax with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy marinated cherries and beets, nutshell, and earth finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A firmly structured red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210922
Vina Magna
2010 Crianza Tempranillo
Bright dark violet color. Delicate, fruity, smoky toasty aromas of creme brulee, black raspberry jam on nut toast, and charcoal with a lightly tannic, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery mulberries, cedar bark, and chalk finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A highly structured red that needs time.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210619
Pinna Fidelis
2006 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, fruity, earthy funky aromas of baked cherry, wet dog fur, beech mushrooms, and turned earth with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, breezy finish with grippy, woody tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210546
Balbas
2012 "Crianza" Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, blackberry pie, and peppery spice with a supple, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length berry yogurt and tree bark finish with woody, grippy tannins and heavy oak. A very firm oaky red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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