November 2016 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
217297
Medeiros
2011 Reserva Alentejano
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, cherries, and creamy nougat with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-length cedar and leather finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A complex, toothsome, richly flavored red wine with chewy tannins.
93 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217305
Spyro
2014 Albarino
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach and pear tarts, praline, and delicate spice with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long orange, lemon spritzed green apple, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, zesty Albariño that is sure to please.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217302
Gran Gregoriano
2013 Red Grenache
Dusty dark brick red color. Interesting, spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense, spiced lemon and orange, dried berries, and bouillon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long smoked nuts and marinated root vegetables finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A smoky, suave, and savory Spanish sipper or table companion.
91 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217304
Berta Franquet
2010 Red Priorat
Garnet black color. Complex, spicy aromas and flavors of dried berries, pickled beets, toffee, and leather with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cranberry-tomato relish, chocolate nuts, cedar, and apple finish with dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy, earth Spanish red tangy fruit and age-worthy tannins.
91 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217301
Gregoriano
2014 Red Campo de Borja
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry compote, pencil shavings, melted toffee, and pickled peppers with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long dried cherries, delicate floral spices, and citrus custard finish with soft, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A juicy, chewy Spanish red that will be very versatile.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217300
Ares de Medeiros
2013 Red Alentejano
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie a la mode and coconut with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and an interesting, medium-length cherry and praline finish with firm, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy, chewy red that will be very versatile.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217303
Loteta
2015 Red Campo de Borja
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nut fudge and blueberry pie with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy cherry custard, blueberry danish, and caramelized nuts finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A very fruit forward, easy drinking, crowd pleasing red.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217296
Medeiros
2014 White Alentejano
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced peaches, honey roasted apples, and nut brittle with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy citrus custard and peppery spice finish with chewy, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A vivacious Portuguese white wine sipper.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217507
OJA!
2015 Monastrell - Syrah
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark berries, vanilla cream, dried stone fruits, and white peppercorn with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, crisp dried citrus, pomegranate, and peppery and pickling spices finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry but juicy Spanish red that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217508
Caballeria de Luna
2015 White Penedes
Golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of caramelized peach, lychee, and lilac with a soft, shy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, relaxed melon, yellow apple, and edible flowers finish with chewy tannins and no oak. A delicate floral Spanish white sipper.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217298
Medeiros
2015 Rosé Alentejano
Silvery pink color. Earthy aromas and flavors of strawberry, straw, and delicate spice with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a carefree cherry pit and yellow apple finish with crunchy tannins. A snappy earthy Rose that will shine at the table.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217299
Ares de Medeiros
2015 White Alentejano
Yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grass, melon rind, and crushed almond with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, brisk lemon finish. A crisp, lemony wine for shellfish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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