This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article, Mediterranean Spain: Where to Start? . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “In recent vintages, the Mediterranean wine-producing regions in Spain have produced a large number of outstanding wines. The range of wines influenced by the sea is staggering, from bone-dry bubblies to structured, world-class reds and some of the most decadent sweet wines in the world.” --Josh Raynolds, Mediterranean Spain: Where to Start?, March 2021 1. Alvaro Palacios 2018 Finca Dofi 2. Bodegas Atalaya 2018 Alaya Tierra 3. Bodegas El Nido 2018 El Nido 4. Bodegas Mas Alta 2016 Artigas 5. Bodegas Olivares 2020 Rosado 6. Buil & Giné 2018 Giné Giné 7. Clos I Terrasses 2016 Laurel 8. Clos Mogador 2017 Clos Mogador 9. Mas Martinet 2018 Martinet Bru 10. Naveran 2018 Brut

Naveran

Brut Vintage Cava Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Limpid gold. Ripe pear and Meyer lemon aromas show very good clarity and complementary honey and toasted nut accents. Smooth and open-knit, offering spice- and smoke-accented citrus and orchard fruit flavors, along with hints of sweet butter and fennel. Finishes smooth, spicy and long, with a hint of orange and a zesty snap of minerality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Clos i Terrasses

Laurel Priorat Red Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

Deep violet. Powerful aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry, candied licorice and incense, joined by building spiciness. Juicy and seamless on the palate, displaying pliant red and blue fruit, succulent herb and floral pastille flavors that show sharp delineation and noteworthy energy. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes extremely long, with solid mineral thrust and fine-grained tannins that add shape and gentle grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Bodegas Atalaya

Alaya Tierra Garnacha Tintorera 2018

Delectable Wine
9.2

Dark violet. Spice- and smoke-accented aromas of cherry, dark berries, incense and pungent flowers, along with a mocha nuance that builds in the glass. Powerful cherry cola, blueberry, spicecake and bitter chocolate flavors become sweeter and expand slowly with aeration. Closes with lingering spiciness, fine-grained tannins and strong, blue-fruit-driven persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Mas Martinet

Martinet Bru Priorat Garnacha Syrah 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Deep violet. Assertive black and blue fruit, licorice and violet scents are complemented by suggestions of baking spices and smoky minerals. Pliant and concentrated on the palate, offering ripe cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes very long and smooth, with resonating florality and building tannins that add gentle grip. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Buil & Giné

Giné Giné Priorat Garnacha Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Lively scents of ripe red and blue fruits, lavender and smoky minerals, along with a touch of cracked pepper. Seamless and energetic on the palate, offering spice-laced black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Closes on an appealingly sweet note, with well-knit tannins and repeating spiciness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Bodegas Mas Alta

Artigas Priorat Garnacha Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

Deep, vivid ruby. Vibrant red and dark berry, floral pastille and licorice scents are complemented by smoky mineral and cracked pepper accents. Sappy and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry cola flavors that deepen and become spicier as the wine opens up. Finishes with smoky mineral thrust, smooth, slow-building tannins and very good, floral-tinged persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Alvaro Palacios

Finca Dofí Priorat Garnacha Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

Full ruby-red. Mineral-accented red and dark berry preserve, incense and exotic spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and candied violet. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, showing superb clarity to sweet, mineral-inflected black raspberry, cherry cola, spicecake and violet pastille flavors. The mineral quality echoes emphatically on the youthfully tannic, impressively long finish, which shows outstanding energy and floral lift. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Clos Mogador

Priorat Red Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.6

Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet presents an array of mineral-driven dark fruit liqueur, spice and floral qualities, along with hints of vanilla and pipe tobacco that build as the wine opens up. Sweet and densely packed on the palate, offering intense blueberry, cassis, cherry compote and violet pastille flavors and a touch of cola. Rich yet energetic in character, displaying superb definition, building tannins and outstanding, smoky persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Bodegas Olivares

Finca Hoya de Santa Ana Jumilla Rosado 2020

Delectable Wine
9.1

Pale orange-pink. Fresh peach and strawberry aromas pick up a spicy nuance with air. Silky and focused on the palate, offering juicy red fruit and bitter citrus pith flavors and a touch of candied flowers. Finishes long and smooth, with a repeating citrus fruit note and lingering spiciness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago

Bodegas El Nido

El Nido Jumilla Cabernet Sauvignon Monastrell 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

Saturated violet. An expansive, spice-accented bouquet evokes cassis, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and potpourri; vanilla and woodsmoke nuances emerge with air. Juicy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-staining, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit preserve, violet pastille, licorice and mocha flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. The floral and mineral notes reverberate emphatically on an extremely long, spicy finish that features mounting tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2021)
— a year ago