Spain is clearly one of the most exciting wine producing regions of the world right now – it has a knack for producing world-class wines that come to us at prices that are easy on the wallet and that are – quite frankly – making many other producers in the world scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to compete.
Even though I’ve come to love and embrace certain spanish grapes like Tempranillo and Verdejo, Spain also does a great job with many bordoreaux grapes as well.
2004 Aurelio Cabestrero los800 – W.E.P. Rating – 80%
- Winery: Bodegas Los 800
- Grapes: 82% Garnacha, 18% Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
- Region: Priorat D.O.
- Aged in 6-months in French and American Oak
- Maceration of 24days at temps between 26-28c
- Vineyards – 800 meters above sea level
- Price: $20
Nose: Blueberry, cherry, star wars action figure plastic, and sidewalk chalk. white pepper, bell pepper and some burnt asparagus tips.
Taste: Sour cherries, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, bacon smoke, sawdust, grapefruit pulp with straps of leather belting down the back of my palate. The finish becomes a bit too disjointed for me and doesn’t have the “hang-time” that I enjoy.
2006 Prima – W.E.P. Rating – 100%
- Winery: Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos
- Grapes: 90% Tinta de Toro, 10% Garnacha
- Region: Toro
- Vine ages 5-25yrs old
- Age for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French and American Oak
- Price: $15
Nose: Leather, plums, blueberry, black cherry, some pie crust and a slight hint of pomegranate.
Taste: Some medicine cabinent action – halls cough drops, with black fruits and blueberry-laden leather pelts. Good acid makes this a very food-friendly red table wine that’d be a no-brainer for any tomato-sauce-based dish. Good, clean finish that lingers quite nicely some black licorice, pepper hints. This wine mellows out a lot if you put the cork back on for another day or two and try it – the vanilla and carmel components come on very strong.
2007 Elias Mora Toro – W.E.P. Rating – 90%
- Winery: Bodegas Elias Mora
- Grapes: 100% Tinta de Toro
- Region: Toro D.O.
- Age for 6-months with 100% new American Oak
- Harvest: September
- Clarified with egg whites
- Price: $15
Nose: Tar bubble, tobacco, dark chocolate, sweaty sock, black plums, white pepper and a hint of corriander.
Taste: Hints of wild game covered in blackberry jam and white pepper – the finish is quite long, the tannins are nice an firm and give way to an overall smooth mouthfeel. This is a great wine for the money – a bit of the old-world style which may turn off some of the new world fruit-bomb lovers.