I am currently in a wine class at my university (and loving it!). We have a project over a specific varietal, appellation, etc. that we are able to choose. I heard a lot of good things about wine from Spain (price and qualiity), so I decided to choose a wine from there. I, unfortunately, am having a difficult time understanding the better of the varietals and DO's (Denomincacion de Origen) within Spain. Here are some of the DO's and varitials I have researched and looked good to me:
-Varietals: Tempranillo, Garnacha
-DO's: Rioja, Domino de Valdepusa, Ribera del Duero, Valencia
I also wanted to try a wine from the region I chose, so I am open to suggestions! :) Here are the ones that my professor suggested to me (I'm on a lower budget :P):
-Ramon Bilbao (htttp://www.bodegasramonbilbao.es/eng/wines-rioja.html)
If you have any other suggestions on Varietals, DO's, or wines from those areas I would really appreciate it! Thank you for your help!
Vino de Espana!
- Reply by spikedc, Oct 22, 2011.
I would second the Ramon Bilbao from Haro in Rioja Alta, great tasting modern Rioja, also I highly recommend Another Rioja Muga Reserva 2005 also from Haro
If you search the forum you will find there are lots of great Spanish wine related discussions which i'm sure will help.
- Reply by ScottLauraH, Oct 22, 2011.
That sounds like an awesome class! There are so many great Spanish wines... I definitely agree you that you made an excellent choice for your project. I would suggest for your project to choose four Riojas: a Joven, a Crianza, a Reserva and a Grand Reserva, all from the same producer. Then you can compare and contrast the wine with different amounts of aging on it.
- Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 25, 2011.
Beronia makes Riojas that are widely available and affordable, a gran reserva for about $21 and a reserva for maybe $16 or so, that are good examples of the Tempranillo from that area. I'd look for a joven just to compare, and there are a few unoaked examples so you taste the grape in its natural form--I bought one from Ribera del Duero for about $12 recently, but can't recall the name (and since it was a gift, it's not listed in my cellar records). I also recently had a Monte Real Rioja Gran Reserva for about $20 that was so good we went and got another in the middle of the meal! (The shop was right around the corner from our friends' house, so not as big a deal as that sounds.)And Muga, as Spike pointed out, is a top-notch producer, and big enough (huge, almost) that you can find the wines easily. Lan does a decent job as well.
Spain is absolutely the bargain right now, winemaking there has really come around from the over oaked, severely alcoholic past to embrace the strengths of the region (ripe fruit, an ageable grape, a tradition of aging it for you) while correcting for past excesses. Rioja makes wines for the top end and at lower prices as well, whereas quality in Priorat and Ribera del Duero, IMO, often comes at a higher price although, again, bargains can be found, especially compared to some areas of France and Italy.
- Reply by duncan 906, Nov 13, 2011.
I am crently drinking a very nice Spanish wine that only cost me a fiver,a Grand Reserva Carta Rojae Monastrell 2004,that I am happy to recomend to othjer Snooth members
- Reply by Fenderbaum, Nov 13, 2011.
How about white? The Albarino from Rais Baixes is worth looking into. I'm personally checking out and reviewing a lot of good red wine from Montsant - the wines produced next to the Priorat area. Extremely good value.