Sunday, November 3, 2013

Falling for Spanish Reds

With cooler weather already upon us, we join the rest of the wine world in transitioning from our refreshing summer whites to more hearty autumn reds. Here are some quick takes on three Spanish gems, we recently tasted, that will get you through this change of seasons:

Anciano Reserva Tempranillo 2005
From the rarely seen Valdepenas region in south central Spain, this mellow red was aged 5 years in barrel, and bottle, before release. Earthy aromas, with a touch of spice, leads to mouthful of black fruit on a long, complex finish typifying classic Tempranillo. 87 pts. from Wine Enthusiast and under $12.

Barahonda Nabucco 2010
An estate-bottled beauty from the oldest continuous wine family, in one of the country's oldest wine regions (Yecla), in the warmth of southeastern Spain. A delicious red blend of Monastrell, and Syrah, tasted of fig, blackberries and black cherry with some licorice on the finish. This Wine Advocate 88 pointer can be had for less than $15.

Alto Cinco Garnacha 2011
Alto Cinco means “high five” in Spanish, with “high” referring to the vineyard elevation (Alto) and “five” to their five vineyards in CariƱena of northern Spain. A lighter style Garnacha, aged 6 months in French and American oak has red cherry on the nose and palate, with some blueberry and a sweet spiciness on a lengthy, clean finish.

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