November 2015 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
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Bodega Casado Morales
2010 "EME" Graciano
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212476
Bodega Casado Morales
2007 Gran Reserva Rioja
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212573
Rolland Galarreta
2011 Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212714
OJA!
2014 Monastrell-Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212572
Finca del Castillo
2014 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212971
Vidigal
2014 DOC Vinho Verde
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212972
Vidigal
2013 Regional Lisboa Vinho Tinto
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212474
Bodegas Ovidio Garcia
2007 Reserva Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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