Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Spain

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Spain is home to some of the best wine values in the world. Get the most for your money with critically-acclaimed, bold Spanish wines. Here are some of our top Spanish selections.

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  1. Evodia

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#31225

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Dec 2018
    The incredibly perfumed 2017 Evodia was true to its name, as apparently ’evodia’ means fragrant in the ancient Greek language. It had been bottled for a few months when I tasted it and it was very harmonious and expressive. They have reduced quantities and raised the price a bit, going into a different segment of the market, definitely a better wine than what I tasted from 2016. It achieved almost 15% alcohol in 2017, one of the earliest harvests of the last 20 years after some spring frosts and a very dry summer. Only 20% of the volume matured in barrel, while the rest was kept in concrete vats for six months. It’s very easy to drink, with unnoticeable tannins and a long, lingering finish. Super tasty and impressive for the price. 150,000 bottles were produced.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  2. Escondido

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#48700

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    Some modern, meaty oak and spice, laid across ripe dark cherries and plums here. The palate has a very smooth and slick feel with a succulent, juicy and attractively fresh, dark-plum finish. Handy depth. Drink or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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  3. Castaño Alcaria

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    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#50069

    JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - February 21, 2018
    A custom cuvée made for importer Eric Solomon with Jean-Marc Lafage, the 2016 Alcaria is a blend of 50% Monastrell, 25% Syrah, and the balance Garnacha, brought up in a mix of French and American oak barrels. An incredible value that more than over-delivers, this deeply colored red boasts terrific notes of ripe black fruits, chocolate, smoked herbs, and graphite. With full-boded richness and a sexy, opulent style on the palate, it opens up nicely in the glass and should keep for 2–4 years.
    RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2017
    One of the new custom cuvées for their U.S. importer Eric Solomon is the 2016 Alcaria, which is about to be launched. It’s a GSM-ish blend of 60% Monastrell with 25% Syrah and the remaining Garnacha Tintorera with a short time in French and American oak barriques. It’s a little reduced right now after bottling (most probably because of the Syrah), so you might need to give it an energetic decanting or some more time in bottle. The meat component in many wines in this region is part of the signature and the rustic elegance of these wines. There is no reduction in the palate, where the tannins are fine-grained and there’s good balance. 120,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017.
    SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2017
    Floral and mineral notes frame juicy cherry and red plum flavors in this fresh red. Crisp acidity keeps the supple texture focused, while firm tannins give this some heft. Monastrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases imported.
    WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 6/1/2018
    This blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Garnacha Tintorera feels lively, its dark plum and berry aromas laced with chocolate. Smacking tannins create a dry sensation, framing ripe black plum and prune flavors. Complex notes of spice and tomato emerge on the firm finish.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: 60% Monastrell

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  4. Monte Hiniesta

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51024

    JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Very ripe and slightly raw oak over black fruit and coconut candy. The palate has dense, chewy fruit and really assertive tannins. Needs a year or two to settle in.
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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tinta de Toro

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  5. Castaño Monastrell

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#48795

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2017
    I hadn’t encountered their entry-level, young and unoaked Monastrell for a while, but I tasted the 2016 Monastrell, which fermented in stainless steel and was kept in concrete vats for four to six months. They used some 25% to 30% full clusters in the vinification, and I’ve never smelled anything like this from Castaño. This is floral and fresh, elegant and balanced, with moderate extraction, ripe tannins and a very pleasant mouthfeel with clean, focused flavors. This is almost too serious for the price. Wow! In the future, they might do some full clusters; I tasted an experimental lot with 100% full clusters in 2016, and the wine was amazing. 250,000 bottles produced; there are three 80,000-bottle lots as similar as possible, but all the bottles destined for the U.S. market are from the same lot.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: 100% Monastrell

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  6. Friend & Farmer Red Wine

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#46760

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    Primary Grape: Tempranillo | All Grapes: Tempranillo

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    Organic: USDA Organic

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  7. Blau

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#28786

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
    Dark ruby. Aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, lavender and baking spices, plus a hint of smokiness in the background. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. A long, smooth finish shows very good clarity, discreet tannins and recurring spiciness.
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    Primary Grape: Carignan | All Grapes: Mazuelo

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  8. Viña Zorzal Garnacha

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#42170

    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Apr 2020
    The entry-level red simply called 2019 Garnacha is what they define as their regional bottling, using grapes from the villages of de Corella, Cintruénigo and Fitero, produced in an approachable and easy-to-understand way. It had a gentle vinification, starting with grapes of moderate ripeness with a good pH, fermented with indigenous yeasts and using 20% full clusters. The difference in vintage is noticeable when tasted with a majority of 2018s; this is a clearly riper and more open vintage, with a more Mediterranean character, with sweet fruit and aromatic herbs. It reminds me of some of my favorite old-time unoaked Garnachas from Navarra. It has a serious palate, with freshness and chalky tannins and a serious finish. Great value! 110,000 bottles produced. It was bottled unoaked in February 2020.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  10. Honoro Vera Monastrell Organic Monastrell Grapes

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#41929

    RP8989 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 10th Sep 2020
    The certified-organic Monastrell 2019 Honoro Vera Organic fermented in open-top stainless steel vats with selected indigenous yeasts and was bottled unoaked. It’s quite similar to the regular Monastrell, all from their own vineyard with serious varietal aromas and a fruit-driven and juicy personality, serious and varietal, approachable but not banal, transcending its price point. Great value. 216,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
    VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
    Dark ruby. Cassis, cherry and licorice scents and flavors take on a smoky nuance with air. Shows good depth and chewy texture. A peppery flourish adds spicy bite to a nicely persistent finish shaped by dusty tannins.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: Monastrell

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    Organic

    Organic: Made with organic grapes

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  11. Honoro Vera Garnacha

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#35656

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2021
    Brilliant violet. Aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense and smoky minerals are complemented by a building floral nuance. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering lively boysenberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Finishes sweet and youthfully tannic, displaying strong, spice- and mineral-driven persistence. Fermented in small stainless steel tanks and aged in small used French oak barrels.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  12. Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#30246

    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2021
    Vivid ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented red and dark berries and vanilla on the perfumed nose, along with a touch of incense. Intense bitter cherry and raspberry flavors are given lift and definition by an undertone of zesty minerality. Picks up a suave floral nuance on the persistent, smoke-tinged finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins.
    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2020
    Smoky, toasty and cocoa notes frame a core of ripe blackberry, currant, blood orange and licorice flavors in this fruit-centered red. Well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity keep this focused. Drink now through 2029. 32,000 cases made, 18,000 cases imported.
    RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Apr 2020
    The 2017 Tres Picos Garnacha has the disadvantage of a warmer and riper year and also from having lost the exuberance of the 2018 I tasted next to it. It’s less aromatic, and even if the élevage was slightly shortened, the palate seems to have suffered more from the effect of the new oak, which to me doesn’t really match the character of the floral and aromatic Garnacha. For fans of oaky, powerful reds. 175,000 bottles produced.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  13. Borsao Garnacha

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#27532

    SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2020
    This red is fresh and juicy, with sweet cherry, tangerine and vanilla flavors. Features light tannins and just enough tangy acidity to keep the lively fruit in focus. Drink now through 2022. 70,000 cases made, 30,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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  14. Juan Gil Silver Label Monastrell

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#41687

    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 10th Sep 2020
    The 2017 Juan Gil (silver label) was produce with Monastrell from old, dry-farmed vines on stony limestone soils. It fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. This is a textbook Mediterranean vintage with a varietal profile mixing aromatic herbs, berries and spices, with a smoky touch. It has notes of esparto grass and other aromatic herbs and ripe berries. It has fine-grained chalky tannins and a dry finish. Truly Mediterranean and a textbook Jumilla. 312,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2019.
    JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, July 26, 2019
    A full-bodied red with plum, dark-berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Full body, yet shows form and structure. Drink now.
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    Primary Grape: Mourvèdre | All Grapes: Monastrell

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  15. Palacios Remondo La Montesa

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#37734

    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Jun 2019
    The 2017 La Montesa is mostly Garnacha with some 8% other red varieties and comes from a warm and dry year that saw a very early harvest, up to 20 days earlier than usual. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrique for 12 months. It feels very Mediterranean, with notes of Mediterranean herbs and ripe berries. It’s juicy and lush, round and very pleasant, easy to drink. 670,000 bottles produced and will be labeled organic, very remarkable for such volume. It was bottled in May 2019.
    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    Limpid ruby. Expressive red and blue fruit, spicecake and floral scents pick up a hint of succulent herbs with air. Juicy, expansive boysenberry, cherry cola and candied rose flavors deepen through the midpalate. Shows very good depth and energy and closes sweet, spicy and long, with discreet tannins adding gentle grip.
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    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Garnacha

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