Great Spanish Values

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

This has a lovely nose, all swathed in a gentle florality with soft apricot, plum, and tangerine aromas that show a little candied almond note. This is focused and fairly precise in the mouth with big acids lending a classic seashell note on the palate, and even a whisper of tannins supporting slightly herb toned green plum, lime and melon fruit. This finishes with impressive clarity and good length showing very pure lemon flavors and firm minerality. 89pts
This shows an almost herbal note early on nose followed by peach and dried lemon pith aromas.
Quite smooth and polished in the mouth, though with no shortage of brightening acidity, this shows rather intense lemon, quince and almost tropical fruit flavors. The finish reverts to lighter apple notes but superimposed on lovely suggestions of green tea and hints of minerality. 88pts
Rather aromatic in a narrow way with assertive notes of white flowers, stone and church incense/candlewax greeting the nose.  Showing a touch of trapped co2, this has a light spritz to it, which adds to the light bodied and fresh appeal. With light green apple, plum, and lemon zest flavors this is fresh and attractive, gaining a little edge of sweeter fruit on the backend, and then sweet lemon juice and floral aromatics on the moderately long finish. A lovely wine for summer sipping, uncomplicated, zesty and refreshing. 87pts
Melon, pigskin, and wet stone aromas greet the nose, along with a spark of flint. 
A lean, modest wine with nice tart melon flavors laid over a fairly mineral base. This is a bit austere in the mouth, with some quince notes building on the back end and through the fairly long, and fairly intensely flavored finish that shows some peach character. Unusual for a wine to finish with more intensity than it shows on the palate. This would be lovely with meaty white fish, simply grilled with olive oil. 87pts
Super intense on the nose with masses of red apple, peach and blueberry aromas.
Bright and juicy if barely medium bodied in the mouth, this delivers plenty of orchard fruits supported by bright, pithy citrus flavored acidity and accented with a touch of minerality and a suggestion of sage. There's a nice aromatic peachiness here that pops on the backend along with a little candied edge on the modest finish. 86pts

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Top Value Spanish Whites tasted 8/2013

Bodega Castro Martin Albarino (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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Gran Familia Verdejo Privada White Imported-Spanish (2010)
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El Coto 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.


    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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