The wine possesses a wonderful broad texture while still maintaining freshness with flavours of citrus and a hint of nuttiness, which allows it to pair well with seafoods that tend to be meatier like swordfish and lobster.
An example of Spain’s answer to France’s Bordeaux blends (without the hefty price tag). This popular trend in Spanish viticulture takes Cabernet Sauvignon, the international kid on the block and blends it with Spain’s darling grape,Tempranillo. This 50/50 blend is a dark ruby colour, seductively perfumed with leather, cedar, and smoky aromas. At first sip, the Cabernet provides much of the wine’s structure, with flavours of blackcurrant followed by a whisper of vanilla. Mid-palate the Tempranillo shines through with sweet and savoury flavours of lightly spiced stewed cherries infused with cedar. Medium-bodied with moderate acidity and tannins, making it an easy-to-drink wine that will appeal to every palate. A weekday wine that is perfect with burgers, pizzas and steaks. Needless to say, this wine would also make a nice base for sangria. Olé!
The Campo de Borja region is known for its Garnacha. Deep ruby colour with an earthy, liquorice nose of blackberries with a note of herbs, this wine is medium-bodied and dry with a spicy blackberry flavour and a vanilla oak finish. Good value.
Alvaro Palacios is one of Spain’s great winemakers whose range of wines can get very pricey. But at the introductory level, he makes this bargain wine from Rioja. Deep ruby-plum in colour, it has an earthy, cedary nose of sour cherries. Medium- to full-bodied, it’s dry and fruity and easy-drinking. The wine always contains around 8% of wine from the previous harvest that stays in barriques for 1 year.
Do you love beautifully aged wines that are ready to drink, but don’t want to fork out the premium? If so, then this is the wine for you! The good folks of Rioja pre-age the wines for you the old-fashioned way: aging wines in oak barrels first and then finishing them off with bottle aging in their cellar for a specific amount of time before releasing them to the public. In this specific case, Bodegas Montecillo’s Reserva is aged in American and French oak barrels for 24 months, with an additional 16 months of bottle aging. This process softens out the tannins making the wine “ready to drink” to the point of optimal tasting without investing in storage space at home. Rioja enthusiasts are advocates of Reservas as they are in the middle ground between fruity Crianza and oaky Gran Reserva. At under $20 a bottle, this is a great “deal” wine! This wine combines aromas of ripe fruit and a touch of earthy flavours. Perfect for new-world drinkers wanting to wet their palates with wines from the old country. Bursting with inviting ripe black cherries, blackberries and a hint of smoke and tar-like notes that are backed by fleshy tannins and lush acidity. A powerful yet elegant wine with nuances of anise and menthol that will buddy up with any meat dish or rich cheeses like Manchego. Drink now or, for those lucky ones who have a wine cellar (and the patience), wait 3 to 5 years.
The French call it Mourvèdre; the Californians call it Mataró; but to the Spanish, the grape is called Monastrell. Barahonda Barrica Monastrell/Syrah 2012 is dense purple in colour with a spicy, cedary nose of plums and dried herbs. Full-bodied and dry, the wine offers richly extracted flavours of black cherries, liquorice and pepper.