March 2022 - Spain and Portugal

March 2022 - Spain and Portugal
This month's Wine feature is Spanish and Portuguese Wines

Spain and Portugal Reviews

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.
Bodegas Veganzones 2019 912 De Altitud Crianza Ribera Del Duero
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of nutmeg, black cassis, olives, spice cookies, and toasted coconut custard with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with notes of creme brulee and blackberry coulis with light oak flavor. A complex Ribera del Duero that delivers!
91 points $15 Best Buy
Abadia De San Quirce 2016 Finca Helena Single Vineyard Tempranillo
89 points
$70
Ruby black color. Aromas of black tea, orange peel, sandalwood, and cardamom with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length dark chocolate and olives finish with moderate oak flavor. A fresh, youthful Ribera del Duero with an effortlessly drinkable style.
Bodegas Veganzones 2020 912 De Altitud 9 Meses Ribera Del Duero
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of ripe plum, berry jam, and hibiscus with a slightly chewy, lively, fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, long ripe raspberry tart finish with firm tannins. A bold, lush Ribera del Duero with a generous personality.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Mateus 2021 Dry Rose Portugal
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry sesame cookie, yeasty soda bread with raisins, and raspberry lemonade with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed finish that presents nuances of watermelon, kiwi, and acai with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and satisfying rose with an easy-going attitude.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Silk & Spice 2020 Red Blend Portugal
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of fleshy red plum, cinnamon, aromatic barks, and orange zest with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of black cassis, fennel, and black tea with light oak flavor. An old world red with an alluring array of spicy aromatics.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Abadia De San Quirce 2020 6 Meses Barrica Tempranillo
88 points
$18
Black ruby color. Aromas of blackberry jam, cigar box, and hints of prosciutto with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long olives, capers, and basil chiffon finish with moderate oak flavor. A youthful Ribera del Duero with good potential.
Abadia De San Quirce 2021 Elaborado Sobre Lias Verdejo
87 points
$18
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, kiwi, apricot, and pound cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish with impressions of hints of banana. A rich, tropical Verdejo that tastes of summer leisure.
Abadia De San Quirce 2018 Crianza Tempranillo
87 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas of juicy plum, ripe cherry, black tea, cedar, dill, and licorice with a round, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long fresh herbs, dark chocolate, and roasted almonds finish with light oak flavor. A lively, juicy, everyday Ribera del Duero with fresh, youthful vibes.
Winemakers Selection NV Brut NA
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, orange blossom, slate, and parchment with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, brisk finish with papery tannins and no oak flavor. A simple sparkler for a celebrating crowd.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Abadia De San Quirce 2019 M9 Single Vineyard Tempranillo
84 points
$45
Garnet black color. Aromas of hints of cassis and olive with a tannic, vibrant, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk cinnamon stick finish with papery tannins and light oak flavor. A demure Ribera del Duero that will fit right in at the table.
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