Great Spanish Values

Surprising white wines from Spain challenge their reds for quality, and value

 


Spain has done an impressive job promoting and disseminating their reds wines, so good in fact that sometimes we can forget that they also produce myriad white wines that are worth our attention.  From the more assertively mineral styles produced along the Atlantic coast to richly oaked examples from classic Rioja producers, to the obscure and the unusual, there are plenty of interesting whites wines coming out of Spain these days, and much like their portfolio of red wines at very attractive price points and representing such a broad range of styles that everyone should be able to fall in love with something.

While it’s not quite holiday party season yet, though the first Santa’s must be out already at some mall somewhere, it’s not too early to be making some notes about the wines you might want to share at parties this holiday season. There are many great values here in the white wines of Spain, so it's as good a place, and time, as any to start if you haven’t!
 

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Top Value Spanish Whites tasted 8/2013

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Bodega Castro Martin Family Estate Selection Albarino 'Sobre Lias' (2011)
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Licia Albariño Rías Baixas Licia (2011)
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Torres Sangre de Toro Do Catalunya (2010)
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4.
Gran Familia Verdejo Privada White Imported-Spanish (2010)
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5.
El Coto de Rioja Blanco (2012)
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  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    Thanks for highlighting Spanish white wine it truly does need more exposure and to be put out in the spotlight.

    I think perhaps Verdejo is one of the more exciting white varietal/cultivars from Spain, as it seems to absorb and reflect its terroir. We had an interesting one from Almansa which is a sub region of Castilla- La Mancha.

    Citrussy, herbaceous, floral & some honey mid-palate with a slightly bitter finish; an excellent seafood/fish pairing wine. Garnacha Bianco is pretty good as well, but doesn't seem as intriguing and multi-layered as Verdejo.

    I am still looking forward to trying a good Viura if I can ever get my hands on a good one.

    Cheers!

    Solomon Mengeu

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM


  • Snooth User: winedaddy
    1203186 29

    Really happy to see Spanish white wines being discussed. Everyone should seek out wines made from the godello grape, a grape that was almost extinct. Vina Godeval produces one with texture and mouthfeel similar to white burgundy. And all for under $20.

    Sep 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM


  • Need better info - type of grape(s), region, etc. Not just tasting notes.

    Sep 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM


  • Snooth User: Gary Hall
    1345585 28

    Would love to see a blurb on Spanish Rosado's. I love their dry and fresh flavors.

    Gary Hall, Santa Fe,NM

    Sep 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM


  • Might want to fix the typo on 2010 Bodegas Breton Iuvene Rioja Viura- I don't think anyone will really want to drink that with that description!!!! :)

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM


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