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

Vilano 2019 Crianza Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$24
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cooked black plum, brandied cherry, and coffee grounds and cocoa nibs with a velvety, lively, dry medium-full body and a tingling, epic, long finish with notes of red and black fruits, savory herbs and dried chives, jamon, and roasted hazelnuts with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. An incredibly well-balanced and integrated interplay of fruit and oak shines through in this delicious Tempranillo.
Legón 2019 Premium Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$45
Black ruby color. Aromas of peppered plum and cocoa nibs, savory and sweet with lavender, and violet and dried cherry with a full body and a long mole sauce, chimichurri, stewed dark red berries, and leather and cedar finish. Savory aromas develop into a fruit forward and full-bodied red wine to pair with gamier meat courses.
Vilano 2019  Ribera Del Duero
94 points
$54
Indigo color. Aromas of french oak, chocolate on chocolate, watermelon jolly rancher, tobacco leaves, and bitter orange peel with a full body and a long cherry jam, red currant, toasted coconut, and dark red fruit finish. A smooth wine with big fruit, structure, and oak likely to improve with years of bottle conditioning.
Villa Roya 2018 Generación De Pasión Grenache
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Aromas of dried dark berries, raspberry, pomegranate, sun dried tomato, and fresh violet with a full body and a long red currant, cranberry cherry juice, pomegranate, and chinese five spice finish. A great blend of fruit and savory aromas and flavors; ideal to pair with an entree or cheese course.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Vilano 2020 Black Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas of cherry jam, duck fat in plum sauce, and black currant and prunes with a full body and a long cherry jam, figs, blackberry compote, and leather and sea spray finish. Vibrant and fruity with the body and heft that it demands to be in your glass while grilling some steaks.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Vilano 2018 Reserva Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$32
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fig and red cherry preserves, chocolate covered graham cracker, garden herb, and cherry fruit leather with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of dry cigar box, boysenberry, raspberry sauce, and currant with black peppercorn with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A cellar worthy red wine that will continue to develop well into the next decade.
Terra Incógnita 2019  Ribera Del Duero
93 points
$45
Deep purple color. Aromas of stewed cherries and blackberries, dried dates, fudge, boysenberry pie, and nutmeg with a full body and a long sour cherry, black fruits and herbs, sage, and rosemary finish. A rich, bold wine that will hold up to a roast or has enough decadent fruit to pair with a savory dessert course.
Abadia De San Quirce 2016 Reserva Tempranillo
93 points
$38
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of leather, cafe au lait, toffee, flamed orange, and tobacco with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long malted milk balls, nutmeg, cinnamon, and membrillo finish with well-integrated tannins. A divine Ribera del Duero with great balance and beautifully developed flavors; buy more than one bottle.
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