July 2022 - Spain & Portugal

July 2022 - Spain & Portugal
This month's Wine feature is Spanish & Portuguese Wines

Spain & Portugal Reviews

Sandeman  20 Year Old Tawny Porto Douro
95 points
$64.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of trail mix with pronounced toasted almond, dried red and black fruits, chocolate and salted caramel, and nuts and sunflower seeds with a chewy, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish imparting impressions of dried dates and figs, leather, dark chocolate covered toffee, and orange marmalade with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A high quality and dangerous after dinner drink that would pair well with dessert and transition splendidly to an after dinner brown spirit.
95 points $64.99
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.
Freixo 2017 Family Collection Estate Red Blend Alentejo
94 points
$85
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of candied watermelon, blackberry pie, dark honey in earl grey tea, and tobacco leaf and green pepper with a thick, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, very long finish that shows suggestions of rehydrated prunes, black plum, pomegranate in chocolate sauce, and thyme with chalky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Black and red fruit compote with no sweetness; a great bbq wine or a charming pairing with a mole sauce.
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
Sandeman NV Founders Reserve Ruby Porto Douro
93 points
$24.99
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of candied plums, blue cotton candy, roasted and candied sweet peppers, and menthol and cedar plank with a syrupy, vibrant, sweet full body and a warming, complex, very long finish displaying notes of chocolate graham cracker with cherry preserves, dried cherries and roasted vanilla glazed pecans, and apple cinnamon toast with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An excellent after dinner Port to pair with a mild Maduro cigar, flourless chocolate cake, or blue cheese.
93 points $24.99
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.
Freixo 2018 Reserva Red Blend Alentejo
93 points
$49
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry cola, cinnamon bark, and dried herbs in pork fat with a round, tangy, dry full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with shades of bramble berry pie, black and red cassis, baking spice, and cocoa nibs with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A perfect blend of Old World nuance and New World fruit and oak.
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Esteva Douro
92 points
$10
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, figs and blackberry preserves, leather, and wet granite with a thick, tangy, dry full body and a warming, layered, long finish with notes of cherry wood smoked brisket burnt ends, leather and butcher paper, pipe tobacco, and currants with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A crowd pleasing table red that will pair well with steak and bbq.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Legón 2019 Crianza Ribera Del Duero
92 points
$24
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered pomegranate moving to coco puffs cereal, new shoe leather, thai basil, and menthol with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with accents of black cherry and blackberry, fresh oregano, candied walnut, and vanilla glaze with light oak flavor. A big red for the warmer months to sip on the patio while leisurely eating a steak sandwich.
Freixo 2019 Terroir Estate White Blend Alentejo
92 points
$29
Golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lime pith, cooked thai basil, pineapple, grilled peach, grapefruit, and white flowers with an oily, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, medium-long finish manifesting shades of citrus fruits, grapefruit, cassis leaf, and peony with no oak flavor. A fun and delicious alternative for fans of white Bordeaux or an adventuresome Chardonnay drinker.
Freixo 2018 Terroir Estate Red Blend Alentejo
92 points
$29
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry and garrigue, black cassis, potting soil, and pomegranate with a thick, lively, dry full body and a warming, compelling, long finish with overtones of ricola cherry cough drop, nutmeg and clove, leather and coffee grounds, and molasses with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A broad shouldered red that demands a food pairing and would be a great option to try for a new world Cabernet drinker.
Legón 2018 Reserva Ribera Del Duero
92 points
$34
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of crispy pork fat in plum sauce, black cherry and sweet figs, and strawberry balsamic with a round, lively, dry medium-full body and a long finish with impressions of pomegranate, chocolate covered strawberry, sweet pickled garlic, and clove. A traditional Spanish Tempranillo with new world versatility, try this with some Korean BBQ.
Freixo 2019 Reserva White Blend Alentejo
92 points
$36
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied jalapeño, lemon cream pie with vanilla cream frosting, marzipan, and carrot puree with a round, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish that presents nuances of pineapple granita, tangerine, and guava with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round and refreshing tropical white wine with waves of rich fruit riding an undercurrent of spice and minerality.
Midnight Hour NV  Cava DO
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of under ripe pineapple, peach, white plum, and green apple, baked bread and pine nuts, and vinyl with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that presents impressions of white plum, under ripe pear, brioche, and citrus zest with no oak flavor. Classic Cava with bright apple and citrus notes followed with creamy texture for added complexity.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Planalto Reserva Douro
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of lemon curd and buttered multi grain toast, lemon scented detergent and dandelions, and star fruit with a glycerous, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of fresh garden herbs and lemon grass, sesame oil, and persimmon with no oak flavor. A round and herbal white wine that will be nice with smoked seafood and poultry dishes.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Papa Figos Vinho Tinto Douro
88 points
$16
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of prune juice, dried rose petals, and sage with a round, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, long finish with notes of sour and ripe black cherry, blood orange, and bitter chocolate covered raspberry with barky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Absolutely dry but dark black fruits and cocoa nibs dance on the palate; give this a try if you enjoy a high octane California Syrah.
La Baraja 2019  Ribera Del Duero
87 points
$49
Black ruby color. Aromas of stewed red fruits, black currant, black plum, and balsamic with a medium body and a medium thyme, balsamic drizzled on a fruit bowl, and bell pepper finish. A nice food wine for a rich meal, and a bottle that will only improve with cellar time.
Freixo 2016 Art Herdade Do Freixo Red Blend Alentejo
87 points
$125
Black violet color. Overripe aromas and flavors of sweet and savory black fruits and herbs, blackberry and plum sauce, and fudge and lavender with a round, dry full body and a tingling, complex, long finish that shows nuances of stewed black cassis, tart black cherry, and dried cranberry with firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A big red that remains nibble and versatile for a number of food pairing possibilities.
Casa Ferreirinha 2019 Papa Figos Vinho Branco Douro
84 points
$16
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple and apple blossom, sourdough toast points with herbed chevre, brioche, and roofing tar with a round, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of flat and unsweetened, lemon-lime soda, lemon herb muffin, and spiced poached peach. A soft and sedate white sipper.
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