April 2017 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
218971
Porto Meneres
2012 LBV Douro
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, pencil shavings, cocoa, and caramel with a tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an elegant, long chocolate orange peels, sasparilla float, cherry cola, and pepper finish with chewy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A robust and flavorful LBV port that has a lot to offer.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219148
Scala Dei
2014 Prior Red Wine Priorat
Nearly opaque brick red color. Aromas of black currants, frais du bois - wild strawberries, planked oak - gauze, and potters clay - pepper with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. Complex flavors are nicely integrated with a wild strawberry note developing with with air.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219039
Ignia
2014 Red Blend Portugal
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of dried dark fruits, planked oak - mocha, pressed linen, and crushed slate with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. Rich ripe yet dried fruit notes give this red an impression of sweetness, layers of rich flavors follow.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219149
Scala Dei
2015 Garnatxa Priorat
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Aromas of mulberry cobbler, bramble, licorella - wet granite, and malabar pepper with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. Innate minerality is a leit-motif in this nice Grenache with an old world nose. Shows good promise.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219004
Martin Berdugo
2011 mb Ribera del Duero
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of black cherries, planked oak - gauze, violets, and potters clay with a body and a finish with crunchy, earthy, woody tannins. Very complex, inviting nose and the flavors followed, good depth.
90 points $35.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219188
Whispering Hills
NV Moscato
Bright bright gold color. Aromas of white flowers, lemon curd - subtle grapeyness, apricot pits - toasted yeast, and crushed gravel with a medium body and a breezy finish with fruit tannins. A harmonious and complex wine.
89 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218974
Porto Meneres
NV Fine Tawny Douro
Medium dusty ruby color. Inviting, minty aromas of blueberry jam, mint chocolate cookie, caribbean spices, and burnt sugar with a round, tangy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long blueberry compote, Caribbean spices, tanned leather, and smoky cedar finish with dusty, fine tannins and light oak. A solid tawny port that will be versatile.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219304
Ela
2016 Rose Vinho Verde DOC
Bright reddish orange color. Aroma, quality aromas of cherry phosphate, meyer lemons, yellow ground cherries, and crushed gravel with a body and a finish with fruit, earthy tannins. A good quality example.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219005
Martin Berdugo
2015 Barrica Roble Ribera del Duero
Opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas of dark fruits, spiced black cherries, planked oak - mocha, dried tobacco leaves, and clay with a body and a finish with woody tannins. Resonant nose and good depth of flavors gives this wine a sense of age-worthyness.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218954
Velata
NV Rosé Bobal - Grenache
Bright reddish orange color. Aroma, quality aromas of soft red fruits - plums, apple skin, turned earth, and subtle burnt cream note - meyer lemon pith with a body and a finish with well-integrated, earthy tannins. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219115
90+ Cellars
2012 Lot 128 Gran Vino Navarra
Opaque dusty garnet color. Aromas of mash up of ripe cherries and blackberries, planked oak, tobacco leaf, and potters clay with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. Delicate, interesting battle of Cab vs. Tempranillo in terms of the dominant grape scent.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218973
Porto Meneres
NV Fine Ruby Douro
Dark dusty garnet color. Candied aromas of sugared plums, saddle blanket, fresh mint, and bergamot with a velvety, lively, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long sugared plum, tobacco leaves, damp earth, and chocolate covered goji berry finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A solid ruby port with tons of complexity.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219186
Whispering Hills
NV Merlot
Bright color. Aromas of dark plums, mocha, planked oak, and turned earth - dark cherries with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. A wine with a lovely, enticing warm bouquet.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219303
Ela
2016 White Vinho Verde DOC
Bright yellow straw color. Aroma, quality aromas of dried peaches, citrus, lemon pith, and crushed gravel with a body and a finish with medium tannins. A better than average quality example.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219185
Whispering Hills
NV Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark garnet color. Aroma, quality aromas of spiced blackberries, green olive, planked oak, and mulberries with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. A better than average quality example.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219137
Amigos y Amantes
2015 Tempranillo
Bright dark garnet color. Aromas of spiced mazard cherries, clove tinged tobacco, planked oak, and crushed gravel with a body and a finish with earthy, woody tannins. A jazzy classic nose and some surprising spices shine in this Tempranillo.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218955
Velata
NV Vino Blanco Merseguera - Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light gold color. Aroma, quality aromas of yellow apples, delicate grapeyness, pressed linen, and lemon pith with a body and a finish with cottony tannins. A better than average quality example.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218972
Porto Meneres
NV Fine White Douro
Bright gold color. Aroma, quality aromas of muslin, hazel nuts, buttery caramels, and crushed granite with a body and a finish with crunchy, earthy, cottony tannins. A better than average quality example.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219147
Viña Pomal
2011 Reserva Rioja DOC
Opaque burnt sienna color. Aromas of baked cherry cobbler, toasted coconut - dried dill, attic wood beams, and turned earth with a full body and a medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins. A nice red with classic old world scents.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219187
Whispering Hills
NV Chardonnay
Bright golden yellow color. Baked aromas of buttered acorn squash, cinnamon potpourri, apple soda, and grilled papaya with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an involved, long stewed apples, marshmallow creme, praline, and allspice finish with fruit, fine tannins and moderate oak. A big Chardonnay for autumn days.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219145
Viña Zaco
2015 Rioja DOC
Opaque brick red color. Aromas of dark cherries, planked oak, blonde tobacco, and crushed gravel with a medium body and a medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins. A nice Rioja with delicate tobacco notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219146
Viña Zaco
2015 Albarino
Bright gold color. Aromas of key limes, dried peaches, salinity, and crushed gravel with a medium-full body and a snappy finish with earthy tannins. An average quality example.
84 points $17.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218953
Velata
NV Vino Tinto Bobal - Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright garnet color. Aroma, quality aromas of turned earth, planked oak, faint blackberries, and pressed linen with a body and a finish with earthy, cottony tannins. An average quality example.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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