This Friday at The Tasting Room I’m going to pour four Spanish wines that I absolutely love. On the menu will be one white wine from the Basque region of Spain along with three red wines. What is it that I like about wines from Spain? I like that you have a wide range of styles and pricing. You can get some exceptional values from Spain but you can also get some wines that are highly regarded, high in quality, but along with a hefty price too.
Spain has more land under vineyard than any other country in the world. This doesn’t mean that Spain produces the most wine in the world – it is third in wine production, behind France and Italy – this is mostly due to low yields in the hot, dry and infertile soils of many of Spain’s wine regions.
The most dominant grapes in Spain are Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Garnacha for red wine production, and Albariño, Parellada, Xarello, and Macabeo for white wine production. For the tasting this Friday, I’ll be pouring a white wine from the Basque region of Spain, a monastrell/cabernet sauvignon/syrah blend from Jumilla, and two wines made from tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain. I think you will be impressed and surprised by the varying styles of the red wines and you will be pleasantly surprised by the vivaciousness of the Basque Txakolina wine. Enjoy our journey as we taste four exceptional wines from three different regions of Spain. Vino con amor!
Ulacia Getariako Txakolina 2016 $19.99
This is one of my favorite white wines from Spain. It is made with from the Hondaribbi Zuri grape. It is bright, lively, and crisp with lovely citrus peel on the palate. It finishes with a bit of sea salinity which adds to the savoriness of the finish. I can drink a bottle or two all by myself especially on a hot summer day!
Juan Gil Blue Label, Jumilla 2014 92 Points Vinous $34.99
A blend of Monastrell (Mourvedre), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah which was aged 18 months in American and French oak. The yields were low so this gave the wine a concentrated and complex flavor. Rich dark fruit with balsamic and spice notes highlight this wine. The wine finishes with a structured and lengthy finish.
Vina Alberdi Reserva, Rioja 2010 95 Points James Suckling $22.99
Another stunner from Spain. I tasted this wine a few weeks ago and loved the well integrated tannins along with the meaty and red fruit components of this wine. it retained freshness and vibrancy. The wine was aged two years in American oak barrels. Here’s what James Suckling had to say…..”Ripe and intense aromas of strawberries and blackberries with hints of black ink. Savory notes, too. Full-bodied, chewy and focused with linear fruit and character. Very finely crafted.”
Macan Clasico, Rioja 2012 93 Points Vinous $69.99
Wait until you taste this wine. From two of the greatest names in the wine world – Rothschild and Vega Sicilia – comes a wine that is elegant and smooth yet with undertones of power and and silky tannins. Aged in French oak for 15 months then bottled until it is sold. I’d put this up against the finest Napa cabs even though this is 100% Tempranillo! Here’s what Vinous loved about this wine…..”Saturated ruby, fresh dark berry, cherry, mocha and floral aromas are complicated by suggestions of cola and vanilla. Intense blackberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors deepen slowly and pick up a sweet hint of mocha on the back half. Rich yet energetic, showing excellent clarity. The lively, emphatically fruity, impressively persistent finish is given shape and gentle grip by supple, harmonious tannins.”