About Fortified Wines from Spain

About Fortified Wines from Spain
Spain today ranks as the third largest wine producing nation, trailing only France and Italy in the category. Vineyards are planted in numerous regions throughout the country and recently tens of thousands of acres have been planted in the La Mancha region, not far from Madrid in the middle of Spain. There are many different types of Spanish wines, ranging from the highly popular and enjoyable sparkling wines known as Cava; these well made wines are reasonably priced. Albariño, a dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain, has become very popular in the US market, especially as a food wine with Asian or fusion cuisine. Of course, Spain is best known for its red wines. Historically the most famous and highly regarded reds have been from Rioja, but as of late reds from Ribera del Duero and Priorat have helped boost Spain's identity as a country of superior red wines. Finally, there are sherries of exceptional quality in various degrees of dryness and sweetness; these are among the world's greatest and most popular fortified wines.

Top Picks for Spain

Fortified Wines

Leyenda NV Cream Sherry Palomino
88 points
Dark copper-amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of salted caramel, toasted nuts, brioche, and orange rind with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy finish that exhibits accents of dried apricots, marzipan, salted pecans, fig paste, toffee, and watercress with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, nutty pleaser; perfect for sherry cobblers.