Top 9 Spanish Wines

A collection of wines found off the beaten path


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Top 9 Spanish Wines Spain is a huge country that produces tons of wine, but we often get caught up in tasting wines from only its most famous regions. I repeatedly hear what great bargains can be found throughout Spain and I agree wholeheartedly, but sometimes for the best bargains, you have to go off the beaten path.

Today, I give you some of the other Spanish wines. Some of the wines here were originally to be part of a larger tasting report, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans for me. To that end, you’ll find some impressive Ribera del Duero wines leading off the list. With the region’s history, they do have a bit of an edge when it comes to winemaking for the international market.

Other regions, like Utiel-Requena, Carinena, or Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra, are just making names for themselves. With the set of wines I tasted, predominantly value wines, it’s easy to see that they are succeeding. There are the usual suspects here, Tempranillo and Grenache for example, but there is also Cabernet and Merlot thoughtfully blended with the indigenous varieties. The result is a set of wines that runs the gamut from those light and easy to drink to those that will really benefit from time in the cellar but may never lose their powerful dispositions. This is an intriguing set of wines and one well worth taking a look at!

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Top 9 Spanish Wines

1.
De Restia Crianza Selected Harvest (2006)
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Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus (2008)
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Veleta Nolados Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra (2008)
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Bodegas Iranzo Vertvs Tempranillo Crianza Utiel-Requena D.O (2006)
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Valdubón Tempranillo Ribera del Duero Cosecha (2009)
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Bodega Dominio Buenavista Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra Veleta (2008)
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Bodegas la Aldea Garnacha la Gardea Carinena (2010)
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Dominio de Eguren Codice Tinto Vino de la Tierra de Castilla (2009)
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Gran Vinaio Grenache Garnacha Montsant (2007)
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  • Utiel-Requena; A wine featured heavily in your pages, specialises in wine made from the BOBAL grape, unique to the area yet the 3rd most planted grape in Spain. Strange that this article makes no mention of Bobal, it's not even listed in the grapes that make up the wine!

    Gregory D.P you really should do your homework before writing an article!

    May 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM


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