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April 2018 - Spain & Portugal

April 2018 - Spain & Portugal
This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines

Spain & Portugal Reviews

Bodega Pujanza Hado 2015  Rioja DO
92 points
$35
Black violet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cherry wood, balsamic vinegar, red apple, and hibiscus with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long curry, dill, fennel seed, and tar finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. New world wine-drinkers will love this intriguing and mysterious Rioja that will continue to develop new and interesting flavors.
Ela 2017 White Vinho Verde DOC
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of roasted tangerine, exotic tropical fruits, and pickled melon rinds with a supple, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long green apple skin and minerals finish. A delicious Vinho Verde with a great blend of fruit and savory tones.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Soplo 2014  Valencia
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fresh, fruity aromas of wild raspberry, slate, chervil, clove, and lime leaf with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length crushed violet petals, rose hips, and hibiscus finish with medium tannins. A juicy and fresh grenache with endless pairing possibilities; a great choice for a spring or summer red.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2011 Gran Reserva Rioja DOC
90 points
$19
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of leather, dried figs, marasca cherries, and savory spices with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long bacon, dried apricot, and paprika finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A bold and balanced Rioja with ample nuance for the gourmet table.
Laxas 2017  Albarino
90 points
$22
Straw color. Fresh, floral aromas of lime cordial, orange flower water, lush grasses, sweet ginger, and ripe apricot with a round, lively, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length underripe pineapple, white tea, peaches and cream, jute, and white pepper finish with silky, fruit tannins. A fantastically bright and appealing Albarino with captivating aromas.
Ela 2017 Rose Vinho Verde DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon and concord grape jelly with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy Seville orange zest and lime finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A delightful and fruity Vinho Verde for summer fun.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2014 Grand Vino Red Blend Navarra
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of dried black fruit, chewing tobacco, and dark chocolate with cayenne with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy carob, cherry coulis, parsley, and dill finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A dry Spanish red perfect for gamier dishes.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2016  Garnacha
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherries, alpine herbs, artisan cola, and lime leaf with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length summer peach, mixed peppercorns, serrano ham, and cranberry finish with well-integrated tannins. A bright and cheerful Grenache with a lovely round texture.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Opta 2016 Branco White Blend Dao
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mango chutney, delicate spice and mint, and lemon curd with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long honeyed melon finish with no oak. A round and ready Portuguese white that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Tharsys City 2016 Tinto Utiel Requena DO
88 points
$12.99
Garnet black color. Sweet aromas of peony petals, sweet pea blossom, caramelized pancetta and plantains, raspberry tart, root beer float, and watermelon candies with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-length juicy tomatoes, cedar, and dark chocolate finish with medium, grippy tannins and light oak. A rich Spanish red packed fruit and appeal.
88 points $12.99
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine White Douro
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas of peach candies, sponge cake, birch forest, and coriander with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length orange marmalade, orange blossom, apricot-almond tea cake, and clove finish with heavy oak. A zesty white port that will make for great porto-tonicos and cocktail play.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2013 Reserva Rioja DOC
88 points
$15.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sundried tomato, pomegranate, dark rye toast, anise, and red peppercorn with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length watermelon, lemon-pepper, and pine finish with medium, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice Rioja that walks a line between new and old-world style.
88 points $15.99
Academia de los Nocturnos 2016 Tinto Bobal
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced boysenberries, pencil shavings, and chocolate mint toffee with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length cranberry tart a la mode, nutskin, and violet candy finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A fun, spicy red for sipping and super sangria.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vidigal 2016  Vinho Verde DOC
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, grilled kumquat, and melon rind with a supple, racy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and an appealing, breezy meyer lemon granita and grassy earth finish with no oak. A bright and refreshing vinho verde that will compliment a fish dish nicely.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Campo Viejo 2016  Tempranillo
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of red and black licorice, dried figs and dates, and raspberry liqueur with a gritty, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy dried mint and ginseng finish with coarse tannins and light oak. Lay this Tempranillo down for several years to mellow its tannins.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine Ruby Douro
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of rum soaked blueberries, dark chocolate genache, dried cranberry, and baking spices with a thick, bright, very sweet full body and a peppery, medium-length molasses, salted mixed nuts, savory herbs, and cumin finish with dusty, medium tannins and moderate oak. A solid port choice for a casual after-dinner indulgence.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine Tawny Douro
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark burnt sienna color. Boozy aromas of dried cherries with orange zest, almond oil, grilled cashew and brazil nuts, and smoky tobacco with a syrupy, vibrant, sweet medium body and a hot, medium-length black pepper, soy sauce, and Madeira cake finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nice Tawny port for cocktails and dessert recipes.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Martín Códax 2016  Albarino
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Peppery aromas of egg salad, lemon curd, chalk, and cracked pepper with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy tangerine finish with soft, fruit tannins. A nice white quaffer or simple dinner wine.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Caballeria de Luna 2016 Off-Dry White Blend Penedes
85 points
$14.99
Bright straw green color. Citrusy, creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of honey drizzled peach, orange blossom water, violet petals, and brioche with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, swift orange blossom water, sea salt sprinkled ripe nectarines, ripe tangerine, and lemon sorbet finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity and floral number with a kiss of sweetness; great for summer quaffing.
85 points $14.99
Opta 2014 Branco Red Blend Dao
83 points
$12.99
Medium burnt sienna color. Clean, fresh, fruity, smoky, rustic aromas and flavors of sour cherry, blueberry handpie, wet cedar, and pink peppercorns with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy vanilla taffy, cedar chips, and pear skin finish with silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. Rustic and spicy, perfect for smoked meats on the grill.
83 points $12.99
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