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November 2015 - Spain & Portugal

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

Spain & Portugal Reviews

Bodega Casado Morales 2010 "EME" Graciano
94 points
$40
Nearly opaque black ruby color. Delicate, fruity, nutty aromas of butter roasted nuts, dark berries, and chocolate toffee with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long blood orange, cedar bark, earth, and pepper finish with silky, fine, dusty tannins and light oak. An elegantly poised and delectable rioja that will be brilliant at the table.
Bodega Casado Morales 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja
93 points
$50
Black garnet color. Lively, roasted, complex aromas of floral honeycomb, grilled nuts and peppers, and dark berry compote with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long creme brulee and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and mellow rioja with an interesting honey smoke character.
Rolland Galarreta 2011  Tempranillo
91 points
$26
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty smoky aromas of ripe black dried plums, tobacco, planked oak, and light black pepper finish with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, breezy finish with firm, fine tannins and light oak.
OJA! 2014  Monastrell-Syrah
88 points
$16.99
Dark ruby black color. Bold, fruity, inviting peppery aromas of wine gums (grape gummy bears), blackberries, milk chocolate, and pepper with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with grippy, firm, fine tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $16.99
Finca del Castillo 2014  Tempranillo
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, fruity, rustic, minerally aromas of spicy dark cherries, blond tobacco, well water, and butter cream with an crisp, dry full body and a warming, refreshing, brisk finish with firm, fine tannins and light oak.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Vidigal 2014 DOC Vinho Verde
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Creamy golden straw color. Bold, floral, fruity tropical aromas of mango, starfruit, pear skin, and granite with a lean, puckering, bone-dry medium body and a seamless, intricate, medium-length lime, passion fruit, green apple, and granite finish with no tannins and no oak. Lush exotic fruit and bright, crisp citrus welcome you and continue thru to the finish, leaving you refreshed, yet thirsty for another sip and certainly for bright, light fare to pair.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vidigal 2013 Regional Lisboa Vinho Tinto
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Bold, fruity, earthy, jammy aromas of black cherry, toasty vanilla, mocha, and plum with a creamy, lively, dry medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length red cherry, plum, vanilla, and rich soil finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Juicy and fresh with loads of cherry, berry and plum that stay balanced and in check with a fine earthiness and well-integrated tannins.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bodegas Ovidio Garcia 2007 Reserva Tempranillo
85 points
$45
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, blond tobacco, and toasty oak with a chewy, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with firm, fine, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
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