Tag: Spanish wine

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.

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.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Reserva 2014, Spain

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ copper rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, cedar, leather, licorice, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables, herbs, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco leaf.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, raspberries, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, light peppercorn, vegetables, dark coffee and herbs.

Medium plus in finish and spicy, with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very nice red Rioja. Showing nice complexity with a spicy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and already good all by itself. A good food wine too.

Will age nicely in the next 7 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly and remove the acidity. Gets earthier as it opens up.

That’s the kind of Tempranillo I enjoy.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Elvi Wines Clos Mesorah 2015 Montsant, Spain

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

On the nose, black plums, red cherries, blueberries, light oak, licorice, spices, peppercorn, earth, dust, vegetables, alcohol and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and spicy on the attack with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Spanish Red Blend. Spicy, tangy and easy drinking. Showing mild complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself and better with food.

A little hot, but very drinkable. Might need a few years in the bottle to mature. I let it open up for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Elegant and spicy. I’d like to revisit it in 3 years.

I had it blind, and called Priorat Garnacha/Syrah blend.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh berries.

A blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Garnacha, and 30% Syrah. Old Vines. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$68.

Queen of Spain Bobal Rosé 2018, Spain

Pale salmon in color.

Strong nose of of citrus, grapefruits, green apples, almonds, wild flowers, and white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, light raspberries, spices, light peaches, green apples and black pepper.

Nice length on the finish with spices and almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Rosé from Spain. Showing mild complexity with a refreshing mouthfeel.

A good party wine and good for the pool. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a creamy English Cheddar cheese.

I had it with my favorite Rosé Glass, Le Deux glass.

Made with organic grapes.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 points.