Category: Spanish Red Wine

Viñedos y Bodegas Pablo Gran Viu Finca Santiaga 2004, Cariñena, Spain

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, black cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, spices, light vegetables, tobacco, coffee, light vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, blueberries, cloves, oak, tobacco leaf, vanilla, spices, espresso, vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. This 16 year old Spanish red is drinking very nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with an elegant mouthfeel. Alcohol is very integrated by now, although very high.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

Good by itself or with food, and paired wonderfully with the Lamb chops.

Aged in New French oak barrels for 4 years.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Falset Marca Etim Seleccion 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Pretty nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, metals, acetone, wet leaves, leather, forest floor, mushrooms and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, oak, stewed strawberries, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark coffee, licorice, spices, forest floor and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable 14 year old red wine from Spain. Drinking very nicely now with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show nice structure and tannins. Tasty and easy drinking.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.

I paired it with light appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Bodegas Carlos Serres Vega del Rayo Rioja Reserva 2011, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, cherries, licorice, light wood, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, barnyard, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, vegetables, earth, blueberries, light cedar, wet leaves, coffee and peppercorn.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 9 year old Rioja is still drinking nicely, although it’s on the way out.

Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but a little oxidized on the nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Tangy, and a good food wine. I paired it with a Turkey burger and fries.

A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Bodegas Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, sweet cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, cola, light vegetables, tobacco leaf, cumin, saffron, graphite, herbs, Indian spices, earth and dark chocolates.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, spices, earth, dark chocolates, graphite, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious 14 year old Rioja Gran Reserva. Drinking very nicely now, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. Tangy and soft with great complexity especially on the nose.

Needs 2 hours open up, and even better after 3 hours.

A nice wine to pair with food, but definitely good by itself too. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me. Really enjoyed it.

Robert Parker 96 points. Wine Spectator 92 points.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano.

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Finca la Estacada Hello World Petit Verdot 2017, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity on the nose with black currants, black plums, black cherries, cedar, spices, vanilla, licorice, earth, black pepper, eucalyptus, leather and chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, vanilla, light earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and light vinaigrette.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tart cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. An interesting Petit Verdot from Spain. Definitely feels like a new world wine. Tangy and a little hot.

Good by itself and better with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and brings some tannins and structure.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$9.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Crianza 2016, Spain

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, cedar, wild flowers, vanilla, liquorice, cloves, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable wine from Spain. Tangy and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here, simpler on the palate. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime it opens up with that great nose.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives. Was especially good with the fatty Brie cheese.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$27.

Cellar de Capcanes Flor de Primavera Peraj Ha’abib Montsant 2017, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked cherries, light wood, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices, herbs, earth, dark coffee, dark chocolate and black pepper.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, licorice, sweet cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, light vegetables, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates, light vinaigrette, pencil lead and herbs.

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Spanish blend. Smooth and buttery, with nice acidity and balance. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Very pleasant and easy drinking already. Fruit forward, spicy and interesting. Would be nice to try it again in 3 to 5 years.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so please be prepared. It’s worth the wait. Last glass was so much better.

I paired it a young Gouda cheese and crackers.

A blend of 35% Garnacha, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Samsó. Aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Dave Phinney Locations E 6 Non Vintage, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, tobacco, mocha, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and herbs.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco leaf, spices, oak, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and raspberries.

This is a very tasty red blend from Spain from the house of Dave Phinney. Well balanced with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and gets more structure.

Easy drinking and a good everyday wine.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$18.

Bodegas Borsao Monte Oton Garnacha 2007, Spain

This is a very nice 13 year old Garnacha from Spain.

Showing black fruits with wood, chocolates, coffee, vanilla, licorice, earth, green vegetables, beef jerky, spices and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with with medium acidity.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and cherries.

Not very complex on the nose, but very nice on the palate.

100% Garnacha grapes.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.