April 2016 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
214589
Don Miguel Comenge
2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Opaque bright dark color. Bright, creamy, fruity toasty aromas of black cherry cream (mazzard), blonde tobacco, pressed linen, and planked spiced cedar with a supple, lively, dry full body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214588
Comenge
2011 Reserva Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque bright dark ruby color. Bright aromas of spiced dark cherry cream, planked oak, turned earth, and old vine spice with an vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214698
Pessoa da Vinha
2013 Reserve Touriga Nacional
Nearly opaque dark bright dusty color. Bright, fruity, minerally toasty rustic aromas of black currants, molten plastic bitumen (tar), granitic minerality, and pink peppercorns with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, complex finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214624
Viña Matey
2014 Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque bright dark color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty peppery aromas of ripe black cherries (mazzard), blonde tobacco, vanilla cream, and turned earth - pepper with a racy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, medium-length finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214361
Bodegas Borsao
2013 ZARIHS Syrah
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Rich, oaky, spicy fruity toasty aromas of mulberries, burnt vanilla bean, dried leaves, and pepper - black olives with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a distinctive, crisp finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214362
Tocado
2015 Grenache
Medium bright brick red color. Aromas of dried strawberries, red flowers, red berries, and gravel with a lively, dry full body and a warming, subtle finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214590
Biberius
2014 Roble Ribera del Duero
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, toasty, fruity oaky aromas of spiced black cherries, red licorice (red hot dollars), planked oak, and pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, involved, medium-length finish with firm, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214587
Comenge
2015 Verdejo
Bright medium bright gold color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas of Meyer lemon, lemon pith, lemon pepper, and dried twigs with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a peppery, engaging, relaxed finish with fine tannins.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214780
Viña Borgia
2014 Grenache
Nearly opaque bright dark ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of blackberries, dark wood - planked cedar, dried violets, and spiced peppery fraise du bois with an racy, dryish full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-length finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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