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September 2019 - Spain & Portugal - Still Wines

September 2019 - Spain & Portugal - Still Wines
This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese - Still Wines

Spain & Portugal - Still Wines Reviews

Particular 2014 Viñas Centenarias Old Vine Garnacha
94 points
$25
Garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry, blueberry pie, hibiscus, pickled gherkins with dill, and cinnamon-spiced apples with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long strawberry coulis, ginger, graphite, and ground pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, prim and polished grenache with tantalizing spicy undertones, creamy French oak and conversation-starting minerality.
Paniza 2015 Última Garnacha
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered raspberry, pomegranate, black cassis, star anise, and sweet tobacco with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish revealing notes of vanilla-sandalwood and smoky charcoal with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A flavor-packed wine complete with smoke, fruit, and spice that will be a great choice for grilled meats; a must-try, vivacious wine.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Paniza 2018  Viura
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon marmalade, ripe pear, jasmine, musk, and basil with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long sweet kiwi, guanabana, sea salt, and banana chip finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and floral dry white that will be excellent with shellfish.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Particular 2016 Particular Cariñena
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, ripe strawberry, pastry crusts, olives, allspice, and chocolate-caramel sauce with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, carefree finish displaying impressions of hint of mint with no oak flavor. A rich and sultry red that offer delicious notes of chocolate-covered berries.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Agoston 2018 Rosé Garnacha-Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of fresh plum, ripe watermelon, and berry melange with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish revealing accents of chervil and white strawberry with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Fruit-forward with an all-natural Mediterranean vibe, this rose is effortlessly drinkable.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Agoston 2018  Viura-Chardonnay
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of baked apple, rainier cherry, lemon blossom, and buttery pastry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length apple custard and chamomile tea with honey finish. A soft and pillowy Spanish white that envelopes the palate with an apple-scented Iberian hug.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Rayen 2017  Monastrell
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toasty oak, smoked berries, and banana custard with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish that exhibits shades of clementine and white flowers with papery tannins and heavy oak flavor. A cheery, slightly smoky red for all occasions.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
HOM 2018 Organic Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$15.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe melon, spiced apple, passionfruit, white grapefruit, key lime, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A classic, crisp and juicy Sauvignon Blanc that offers instant refreshment.
88 points $15.99
HOM 2018 Organic Merlot
88 points
$15.99
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, chocolate mousse, cedar, toasty pie crusts, and star anise with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of graphite and cafe latte with a suggestion of oak flavor. A silky Merlot with big fruit, toasty oak, and distinctive minerality; raises the bar for weeknight wine.
88 points $15.99
Paniza 2015 From Slate Grenache
87 points
$17.99
Garnet black color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, vanilla gelato, bacon, clove, and hint of juniper with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length chocolate, kirsch, licorice, and smoke finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy red that delivers fruit and toasty oak in a very appealing package.
87 points $17.99
Fabula de Paniza 2018  Chardonnay
85 points
$8.99
Straw green color. Aromas of apple puree, ripe green apple, and toast with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, short lemon spritz and shale finish. A crisp and dry Chardonnay ideal for lunch al fresco.
85 points $8.99
Fabula de Paniza 2018 Rosé Garnacha
85 points
$8.99
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of ripe watermelon, crushed berries, and sugar snap peas with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, rapid blackberry compote and lime spritz finish with no oak flavor. A juicy fruit-forward rose pleaser for the warmer months.
85 points $8.99
Fabula de Paniza 2018  Garnacha
85 points
$8.99
Bright ruby color. Aromas of cinnamon, orange zest, vanilla fondant, clove, and tobacco with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy ripe red fruit, licorice, and cacao nib finish with light oak flavor. A bright and fruity grenache with spicy nuance.
85 points $8.99
Agoston 2018  Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$10.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of wild berry melange, apple butter, graphite, and licorice with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed graham cracker, chocolate, cherry jam, and stems finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy Spanish red for the table; try with spicy fare.
85 points $10.99
Vinas de Paniza 2018 Oak Aged Chardonnay
85 points
$11.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple butter, shortbread dough, valencia orange, fondant, and sage with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, fast finish displaying shades of lemon spritz and shale with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Chardonnay with bright acidity and highly pairable style.
85 points $11.99
HOM 2018 Organic Chardonnay
85 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of apple candies, dough, roasted pineapple, and plantain with a soft, dryish thin body and a smooth, momentary finish. A solid quaffer.
85 points $15.99
Fabula de Paniza 2018  Syrah
84 points
$8.99
Garnet color. Aromas of blackberry gelato, cinnamon-dusted dried figs, and slate with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy ginger, lime, and pepper finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy Syrah that goes down easy.
84 points $8.99
Paniza 2018 Paniza Garnacha-Tempranillo
84 points
$8.99
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, chalk, cherry jam, pickled onions, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Spanish red that will pair with a wide variety of meals; great for a crowd.
84 points $8.99
Castillo de Monlero 2018 Estate Bottled Tempranillo
84 points
$10
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery chocolate toffee, berries on the vine, dusty herbs, caper berry, and polished oak with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of sour cherry juice, flint, and parchment with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy and juicy tempranillo that will make for interesting pairing opportunities.
Agoston 2018  Garnacha-Syrah
84 points
$10.99
Bright ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry sorbet, sassafras, and toasted oat cakes with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk finish with notes of pomegranate with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy red that doesn’t skimp on fruit.
84 points $10.99
Magnifico 2017  Grenache
84 points
$11.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of baked raspberry, prune, sultana, and herbed olives with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk dark chocolate, sun dried tomato, and black pepper finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, juicy red for the table.
84 points $11.99
Rayen 2017  Tempranillo
84 points
$13.99
Dusty black ruby color. Aromas of baked plums, toffee, and coconut with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length black pepper, roasted marcona almonds, and raisin finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich and ripe tempranillo.
84 points $13.99
HOM 2018 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$15.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of boysenberry, clove cigarettes, licorice, bay, and hint of eucalyptus with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length cola and spicy cassis chutney finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A tart and juicy red.
84 points $15.99
Paniza 2018 Rosé Garnacha
83 points
$8.99
Khaki orange color. Aroma of parchment with a lean, vibrant, dry thin body and a seamless, sparse underripe cassis and grapefruit spritz finish with no oak flavor. A crisp and quaffable rose.
83 points $8.99
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