Category Archives: Spain

Gramona | Celler Batlle 2005 Brut Gran Reserva ~ 96 Points and III Lustros 2007 Brut Nature Gran Reserva ~ 93 Points

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting Gramona, Spain’s premier cava (sparkling wine) producer located southwest of Barcelona in the Alt Penedès region of Catalonia. Gramona dates back to 1881, when it was established under the name Cellar Batlle, and is … Continue reading

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Experiencing the Greatness of Priorat at Clos Figueras

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting Clos Figueras, a winery and restaurant located in the tiny, yet famed, Priorat region of northeastern Spain. Spending time and tasting with proprietor Christopher Cannan, getting a first-hand look at his winemaking operation, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Isaac Fernandez Selection | Bovale | Utiel-Requena D.O. | Spain | 2012 | $15

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90 POINTS | “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Here is something a little different: a single varietal wine made from Spain’s third-most planted, though not commonly recognized, grape variety — Bobal (pictured below). This native variety is grown in the Valencia province — in … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Rio Madre | Graciano | Rioja | Spain | 2013 | $12 | 88 pts

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Graciano is a temperamental, low-yielding red variety native to Spain’s Rioja region that is traditionally blended with the region’s more celebrated variety – Tempranillo. This rendition consists of 100% Graciano grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet in dry, chalky soils. … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cellers Baronia del Montsant | Englora | D.O. Montsant | Spain | 2008 | $18 | 90 pts

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A big brother of our previously featured 2009 Flor d’Englora Roure (red blend), here is another delightful red from northeastern Spain’s Montsant appellation (Denominación de Origen) — a mountainous region west of Barcelona where wine grapes are grown on steep, craggy slopes. Low-yielding old vine Grenache and Carignan are the dominant … Continue reading

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SPANISH WINE PICK: Bodegas Muga | Reserva | Rioja | Spain | 2009 | $25 | 90 pts

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Bodegas Muga farms upwards of 1,000 acres of vineyards (620 of which are estate) along the foothills of the rocky Obarenes Mountains in the Rioja Alta region of northern Spain.  From these vines comes their Reserva, a blend of Tempranillo (70%), Grenache (20%), Mazuelo (7%), and Graciano … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Bodega Teso La Monja | Almirez | Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) | Toro Appellation | Spain | 2011 | $20 | 92 pts

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Aromas: ripe dark fruit; mineral; spice Character: dry; full-bodied; robust & savory; lush mouthfeel; medium tannins & acids; mild oak Flavors: dried dark berries; dark chocolate; black tea; tobacco Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; charcuterie; roasted pork; stuffed peppers   The … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Layer Cake Wines | Garnacha (Grenache) | Calatayud | Spain | 2010 | $15

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This Garnacha (Grenache) was produced in the Calatayud region of north central Spain from old-vine vineyards situated at 3,000 feet above sea level.  The high elevation, arid climate, wide daytime-nightime temperature swings, and dry, rocky soils account for an intriguing mélange of aromas and flavors and remarkable freshness.  … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Baronia del Montsant | Flor d’Englora Roure | Red Blend | Montsant | Spain | 2009 | $15 | 89 pts

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Aromas:  black cherry; baking spices; hint of vanilla bean Character:  full-bodied & earthy; medium tannins & firm acidity; toasty oak & mineral Flavors:  dark fruit compote; pomegranate; roasted plum; sweet cured tobacco; bitters Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; grilled meats and veggies; roasted pork; TexMex.   … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Rio Madre | Graciano | Rioja | Spain | 2010 | $10 | 88pts

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Aromas: black plum; mission fig; dark chocolate-covered cherries; hint of black pepper Character:  full-bodied, aromatic and lush; rich, velvety mouthfeel; moderate tannins & lively acidity; fruit-earth balance Flavors:  blackberry compote; vanilla bean; anise & baking spices; mineral; touch of leather Food … Continue reading

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