Great Spanish Values

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

Floral with a hint of pine on the nose laid over a faintly peachy sweetness.
With the barest suggestion of spritz, which is normal here, this washes over the palate a touch loose and broad, delivering lightly mineral water streaked flavors of melon and apple that quickly yield to an assertive mineral note, tastes like mineral water high in potassium,  on the moderately long finish.  A bit simple, serve this chilled to help snap it back together. Great for simply prepared white fish. 86pts
Very floral on the nose with lots of pear fruit framed with hints of bread dough, white flowers,  and mango. Stony on entry with light grapefruit pith, brie and bready flavors following. This is quite bright with plenty of acidity but it is a bit simple and finishes with only modest length though there is a nice clay and stone note to the finish. 85pts
Smells like ass, treebark and leather. Air helps clean things up allowing a soft floral note to emerge from the glass backed up by light hints of meaty peach fruits.  Bright and juicy in the mouth, this has a lovely texture, smooth and polished though with some detail and it has pleasant if light flavors of lemon rind, creamy lees, and minerals that lead to a modest finish. Easy going though with a touch of complexity. 84pts
Profoundly oily on the nose with lots of sweet, nutty character and some honeycomb accents.  Fairly neutral in the mouth with good acidity supporting flavors of stones, oil, and a little peach and green orange. There's a little sulphur appearing on the palate as well. The backend shows a touch of floral herbs as well but all is washed away in the tart, acidic finish. 80pts

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Top Value Spanish Whites tasted 8/2013

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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Gran Familia Verdejo Privada White Imported-Spanish (2010)
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El Coto Rioja Rosado Rose (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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