About Spanish Wine

About Spanish Wine
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

Kirkland Signature 2015 Gran Reserva Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, watermelon candies, cherry tobacco, and licorice with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long finish that shows notes of black plum, mace, sun dried tomato, and cocoa with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An expressive Tempranillo balancing ripe fruit and fine tannic grip.
93 points $14 Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Value Rioja
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Spanish Red
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.
Bodegas Piqueras 2020 Wild Fermented Verdejo
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange blossom, honey almonds, bruleed lemon, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of hints of caramelized fruit with a suggestion of oak flavor. A balanced, bright and sunny Verdejo with cheerful floral nuance and excellent balance.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Bodegas Piqueras 2018 Old Vines Garnacha Alicante Bouchet
92 points
$9
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of sage, pomegranate, hints of mint, and sandalwood with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, long coconut and sun dried tomato finish with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Alicante Bouschet that could be quite dreamy with lamb; enjoy notes of sandalwood and mint.
92 points $9 Best Buy
Ukan 2018  Rioja
92 points
$65
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pimento, new leather, and red plum with a supple, tangy, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with nuances of tart plum, dark chocolate, and currant with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. High-toned red fruits bring a lifted finish in this cedar-studded, dense Rioja.
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.