Spanish wine (Spanish: vinos españoles) includes red, white, and sparkling wines produced throughout the country. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 1.2 million hectares (2.9 million acres) planted in wine grapes, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation but the second-largest producer of wine in the world, behind Italy and ahead of France, and the United States. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in some of the Spanish wine regions. The country is ninth in worldwide consumption with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 liters (5.7 US gal) per person a year. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 88 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes — including the reds Tempranillo, Bobal, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño, Airén, Verdejo, Palomino, and Macabeo; and the three Cava grapes Parellada, Xarel·lo, and Macabeo.
Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which are known for their Tempranillo production; Jumilla, known for its Monastrell production; Jerez de la Frontera, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine-producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region.
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2017 Ondarre Rioja Graciano 2017 Ondarre Rioja Graciano A bright ruby red 2017 wine. Nose is gentle and understated, absolutely on spicy and herbal side. First short cheesy whiff. Cracked pepper, bay leaf, some basil and tarragon, then prominent dried and jammed cherry and some wet dust. Juicy and savoury in mouth with cherry juice, [...]
2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva 2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva This 2018 wine is ruby-red with glints of brick-red and a medium-high depth of colour. Dense legs which provide you with a sequence of patterns around the sides of the glass. Initially you can find notes of red fruit aromas such as blackberries and reminders [...]
91 James Suckling: Full of toffee and caramelized nuts, this sherry is rich and frankly sweet, but it has a lot of character. Rather subtle prune note at the long finish. 92 Wine & Spirits: This is a selection from botas of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez raised separately and then blended to age for three years in solera. The result puts the sweetness of the PX in front, with flavors of plum jam and tobacco. The salinity of the Oloroso brings freshness and fine minerality that play softly in the background. 92 Wine Enthusiast: This is a ripe, honeyed style of Sherry with deep brown sugar and cinnamon aromas. Its solid palate is under control and not syrupy, tapering into brown sugar and fig flavors. Chocolate and fig notes linger on the long finish.
2015 Cellers Unio Priorat Roureda Llicorella Anyada Classic 2015 Cellers Unio Priorat Roureda Llicorella Anyada Classic Schisty aromas of licorice and blackberry are touched up by a shot of cedary oak. This feels juicy and not that heavy or compact on the palate. Reedy, spicy plum and blackberry flavors come with lemony oak notes. This [...]
2012 Ramon Bilbao Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 Ramon Bilbao Rioja Gran Reserva A ruby red 2012 wine with notes of black grape, matured in oak barrels. Long in mouth, full-bodied and showing terroir. To be paired with beef, smoked food and soft cheeses. 100% Tempranillo, lively and fruity. Ramon Bilbao produces approximately 365,000 cases per [...]
2018 Vina Mayor Ribera Del Duero Crianza 2018 Vina Mayor Ribera Del Duero Crianza Jammy plum and spice aromas show earthy grit upon deeper inspection. A full, fruity palate offers plenty of size and weight, while this tastes of blackberry, coffee and chocolate. This 2018 features pulpy berry fruit flavors narrow down on the finish. [...]
2018 Jorge Ordonez Victoria No 2 375ML 2018 Jorge Ordonez Victoria No 2 375ML Very concentrated sweetness and complex 2018 wine. Honey suckle, melons, citrus and orange zest. Smooth texture and not too heavy. Low alcohol and non fortified. The grapes were left to dry before pressing. 15lbs of grapes were used to make the [...]
2017 Ego Bodegas Infinito 2017 Ego Bodegas Infinito Intense and dark cherry red color 2017 wine with purple edges. High layer. Clean and bright. Dense tear that lightly dyes the glass. On the nose it is powerful, very intense fresh. Initially, the elegant notes of the Crianza appear, toasted and balsamic. Red wine Red wine [...]
2020 Mar De Frades Albarino 2020 Mar De Frades Albarino A yellowish color and briny aromas of apple and pineapple lead to a chunky palate that’s cidery in feel and high in malic acid. Flavors of passion fruit and lemon are a bit wayward in front of a citrusy finish in this 2020 vintage. White [...]
2012 Altos De Valdoso Roble Vinedos De Altura 2012 Altos De Valdoso Roble Vinedos De Altura A vivid purple colour, intensely fruity nose with nuances of aromatic herbs, this wine shows off its young character, as well as a refined mouthfeel and deep aromas of blackberry backed by a mild oaky layer. Very fresh finish. [...]
2019 Descendientes De Jose Palacios Bierzo Petalos 2019 Descendientes De Jose Palacios Bierzo Petalos Opaque ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented red berry, cherry and spicecake aromas take on smoky mineral and floral nuances with air. Smooth and energetic in the mouth, offering fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter through the midpalate. This 2019 closes [...]
2018 Llopart Cava Brut Rose Reserva 2018 Llopart Cava Brut Rose Reserva The 2018 wine is aged in the bottle on the lees following the secondary fermentation for a minimum of 20 months. The Llopart family hand riddles and disgorges their Gran Reservas and limited bottlings while the Brut Nature, Brut Rosé, and Brut Reserva [...]
2017 Tridente Rejon 2017 Tridente Rejon Weighty, dark berry flavors are complemented by smoky minerals. A rich, smooth tannin 2017, leaving behind sweet berries and refreshing mineral notes. 100% Tempranillo. Sourced entirely from the Rejón vineyard, planted in 1889, vines are over 130 years old, producing extremely low yields. The resulting wine is opaque with [...]
2015 Ysios Rioja Reserva 2015 Ysios Rioja Reserva Attractive ruby red, deep and intense. Elegant nose with ripe black fruit, nuts and aromatic herbs, with hints of black licorice, spices and mineral notes of chalk and slate. The palate is fragrant, fresh and elegant, with ripe black fruit, sweet spices and mineral notes. Medium intensity, [...]
2018 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes 2018 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes Ripeness and balance to this rich, flavorful red with chewy tannins and a dense, fruity center palate. It’s medium-to full-bodied, polished and focused. Drink in a few years. In French oak Bordelaise style barrels for 16 months. Racked every 4 months. Numanthia The Numanthia estate [...]
2010 Marques D Murrieta Castillo 2010 Marques D Murrieta Castillo Orange peel, dried cherry, forest floor, vanilla and black tea flavors mingle harmoniously over round tannins and citrusy acidity. Maturing well, this round red 2010 wine is a lovely example of the traditional style. Generous but gentle, lively, balanced and harmonious. Rioja Grandes The result [...]
2009 Marques D Murrieta Castillo 2009 Marques D Murrieta Castillo Orange peel, dried cherry, forest floor, vanilla and black tea flavors mingle harmoniously over round tannins and citrusy acidity. Maturing well, this round red 2009 wine is a lovely example of the traditional style. Generous but gentle, lively, balanced and harmonious. Rioja Grandes The result [...]
2007 Marques D Murrieta Castillo 2007 Marques D Murrieta Castillo Orange peel, dried cherry, forest floor, vanilla and black tea flavors mingle harmoniously over round tannins and citrusy acidity. Maturing well, this round red 2007 wine is a lovely example of the traditional style. Generous but gentle, lively, balanced and harmonious. Rioja Grandes The result [...]