Tag: Spain

Siglo Rioja Tempranillo 2018, Spain



Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Nice fruity nose with cedar, black currants, black cherries, light earth, vegetables, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Tempranillo from Rioja. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime, tannins come in with nice structure. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Showing a great mouthfeel, but might be much for some (grippy tannins). Needs 5 years in the bottle to chill out.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.

Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Crianza Tempranillo 2014, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cooked cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, earth, spices and light pencil lead.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, earth, chocolates, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, peppercorn and leather.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero in Spain. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Tannins show up after 90 minutes.

This 7 year old shows nice complexity at this point. Drinking nicely now, and will be even better in the next five years.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months (60% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27.

Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Roble Tempranillo 2018, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, earth, light licorice, vanilla, spices, herbs, tobacco, dark chocolates, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn and earth.

Tangy finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is an easy drinking Tempranillo from Spain. Tangy and spicy with lots of fresh fruits. Very approachable and fresh. A good everyday wine.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and as it opens up, more earth notes show up.

Good by itself or with food, and good for parties. I had it by the pool on a gorgeous day.

100% Tempranillo grapes were aged for 5 months in American Oak barrels (50% new). Grapes are grown at at 3,000 feet of elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

$20.

Bodegas Gormaz 12 Linajes Tempranillo Reserva 2012, Ribera Del Duero, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, coffee, Indian spices, cardamom, cinnamon, decayed wood, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, herbs, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, earth and leather.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

This 9 year old is showing a very nice nose now. Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food.

Very enjoyable now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years. Showing a lot of fruits still. Loved the nose here.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes in a decanter, when tannins and structure show up.

100% Tempranillo grapes grown at 3,000 feet of elevation. Aged for 24 months in 70% French Oak barrels and 30% American. 60% new Oak.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$36.

Segura Viudas Cava Brut Non-Vintage, Spain

This is tasty sparkling wine from Spain. Showing citrus, lemons, green apples, minerals, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Not bitter nor tart. Very tasty with mild complexity. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel.

Thank you Elvira for sharing.

A blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada and 15% Xarello. Made in the traditional method.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$10.

Vara Winery Silverhead Brut Cava Non-Vintage, Spain

Golden in color.

Strong nose of citrus, yeast, light grapefruits, red apples, spices, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity, and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, bread, spices, vegetables, white pepper, yeast and minerals.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a very enjoyable sparkling wine from Spain. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Crisp and refreshing.

This Cava is made in the traditional method.

Good by itself or with food. A nice pool too. I had it all by itself.

A blend of Macabeo, Xarello, and Parellada.

11.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

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.