About Red Wines from Spain

About Red 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

Red Wines

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.
Fernandez Gomez 2017 Selección Familia Rioja DOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mocha latte, lingonberry preserves, lemon zest, coconut custard, and black olives with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish with notes of caramelized nuts with moderate oak flavor. An inviting and balanced Rioja with a lipsmacking, lengthy finish.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Portal del Priorat 2018 Negre de Negres Priorat
93 points
$38.99
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of purple fruit, black plum, black cherry, and barnyard with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with elements of violet, leather, and black pepper with fine, chalky tannins and no oak flavor. A Priorat that balances savory and black fruit notes, superbly balanced in every way.
93 points $38.99
Anayón 2015  Carignane
93 points
$38
Black garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, sour cherry gastrique, plum pudding, cedar, dill, leather, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long finish with nuances of artichoke hearts, clove, and oregano with light oak flavor. A slightly funky, well-developed Carignane that will pair like a dream.
Don Aurelio 2016 Reserva De Familia Tempranillo
92 points
$36
Dusty garnet color. Mature, earthy aromas and flavors of oily roasted nuts and olive, conditioned leather, clay, and berry-vanilla cake with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of marinated sour cherries and beets, cedar, and cascara with well-integrated, crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex and layered Old World Tempranillo with power and finesse.
Mirat 2004 Reserva Tempranillo
92 points
$45
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, baked plum, vanilla bean, and dried dill with a round, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of fig, black tea, and tapenade with drying, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Ribera del Duero with solid maturity and deep, complex flavors.
Mirat 2009 Gran Reserva Tempranillo
92 points
$75
Dark brick red color. Aromas of raisins, leather, toasted coconut, fig vinaigrette, toffee, and persimmon with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, medium-long cacao nibs, espresso bean, cherry pie, and dried dill finish with moderate oak flavor. A mature and ready-to-drink Ribera del Duero with a complex finish.
Bodegas Borsao 2016 Berola Campo de Borja
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried cherries, leather, olive, charcoal, violets, and cigar box with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish revealing touches of tangy rhubarb compote, black tea, and cedar with moderate oak flavor. A yummy, palate-pleasing Spanish red that nails each note.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Portal del Priorat 2017 Gotes Priorat
92 points
$24.99
Medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, slate, black plum, and leather with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, gigantic, long finish manifesting accents of black raspberry, violet, dried thyme, roast coffee, black olive, bay leaf, and black pepper with a suggestion of oak flavor. A delightful Priorat, enjoyable now or in 3-6 years
92 points $24.99
Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro 2018 Tinto Arzuaga Crianza Ribera Del Duero
92 points
$32
Indigo color. Aromas of cassis preserves, cinnamon, cumin, shaved coconut, lemon zest, leather, and green olives with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long hints of roasted coffee beans, cured meats, and dark chocolate finish with moderate oak flavor. An indulgent Ribera del Duero with a kaleidoscope of harmonizing flavors.