Spanish Wine

Envinate

Albahra Garnacha Tintorera 2018

Peculiar. Incredibly acidic - like Barolo but without the tannins (tannin is quite mild). The acidity is felt not on entry but as the wine moves through the palate, at the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. There is very sour blackberry, crushed cherry and some (misplaced?) green pepper and green peppercorn notes, alongside the acidity which has a white grapefruit edge. Very taught, linear and quite difficult to appreciate beyond that wall of acidity.

Ultimately quite a confusing wine, but I wonder if this just needs a few years laying down to allow the acidity to better integrate. Had improved by the third glass, after three hours of air, with a pleasingly dry finish, but nonetheless I see this as a wine that could improve.
— 7 days ago

Josh liked this

AVALINE

WHITE BLEND

Clean and crisp but not super tasty, from Berkeley wine for $18. — 14 days ago

Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

Great juice! 1hr+ decant. Dark red color. Classic Spanish nose with coconut and vanilla. Wine has medium depth with minimal black cherry fruit. Extremely soft and velvety. Medium minus finish. I really enjoyed this. Age served this well. — 14 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Tom, Ron and 4 others liked this

Bodegas Ego

Goru 18 M Monastrell Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok i like this wine. This is a very good blend and for the price of like 22ish bucks hey, worth it. I stay away from a lot of Spanish wines especially from rioja because Tempranillo sucks..i mean maybe its good but I just have no invested a bunch of money into a grape I'm not fond of so who knows. But this wine is a good reminder to not let bias get in the way of a good purchase. — a month ago

Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005

Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.

Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff.
— 9 days ago

Josh, Kevin and 2 others liked this

Emilio Ramirez Envinate

Benje Tenerife Tinto 2019

MICHAEL COOPER
9.2

I love this wine. So much ground pepper and chimney smoke on the nose. It’s like walking around on a rainy or snowy winter day and smelling the sweet perfume of your neighbors chimney. I almost totally dislike the white Listan Blanco Benje. I find that tired and lacking acidity and just tired. I prefer this wine to the more expensive Migan. Migan had more reduction and ethyl acetate on the nose and okay okay it’s more Pinot Noiresque but I don’t need a wine from the Canary Islands to be like a Pinot Noir. #listan #listannegro #canaryislands #spain — 5 days ago

David, Daniel P. and 13 others liked this

Clos Mogador

Gratallops Priorat Red Blend 2017

This is a great wine, very young but very good. Bursting with flavour it feels like the perfect combination of Catalonia, Maipo, Napa and Bordeaux. Plenty of sweet fruit, backed up with vanilla, leather, spice and oak. The palate is smooth and the the finish develops nicely with soft tannins. Powerful but elegant, highly recommended. — 2 days ago

Ray, Ira and 12 others liked this

Alberto Nanclares

Rías Baixas Albariño 2018

Melon, lemon curd, limestone and seaspray nose. Some apple and subtle lily fragrance. Battery acid palate. But amazingly dense for an albarino. Just so acidic you can hardly tell. Very salty. Savory, almost buttery in its umami. This is a great wine but hard to drink at this point. I think it needs maybe 5 probably 10 years to mellow. — 2 days ago

Neil, Brian and 28 others liked this

Clos Martinet

Priorat Grenache Blend 2009

Carinena, Garnacha and a few others. This is a more refined and elegant Priorat than the 2006 La Basseta. A bit of Brett to add complexity without detracting from the wine. — 9 days ago

Daniel P., Josh and 7 others liked this

Bodegas Matilde

Reserva Totus Tuus Brut Cava Blend

Lovely pre dinner Cava sharing at our favorite wine store El Wine Chateau. Yeasty nose, crisp bubbles and all the flavors of Xarello, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada, and a touch of Pinot Noir — 23 days ago