November 2017 - Spain & Portugal

This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines
Spain & Portugal Reviews
221874
Ignia
2015 Portuguese Red Portugal
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried figs, cigar box, plum sauce, and fruit leather with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an even, complex, medium-long roasted root vegetables, root beer, and spice cabinet finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated and inky wine for the richest meals.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222167
Vale de Lobos
2013 Touriga Nacional
Garnet black color. Minty aromas of menthol, cherry, and dried lavender with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, medium-long stone pine, slate, and forest berries finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and mentholated red with firm tannins for delicious meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222166
Vale de Lobos
2013 Grand Escolha Tejo
Deep purple color. Rustic aromas of dried figs, dried orange, bramble, vanilla, and earth with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length tart red apples, mixed peppercorns, coriander, oregano, and thyme finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A savory and intriguing red that will be a highlight at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221873
OJA!
2016 Monastrell-Syrah
Black garnet color. Aromas of black currant, black cherry, vanilla bean, and prune with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long dried banana and pickle relish finish with medium tannins. A supple and easy Spanish red.
87 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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