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Much like the other titans of European wine production, Spain's industry has deep historical roots and a kaleidoscopic assortment of varietals, styles, and landscapes. Spain has remained the most staunchly traditional (some might even say backward) of the major European wine-producing nations, but the inevitable march of moderniztion and the demands of the international wine market have compelled many producers to adopt new methods and philosophies.

Spain's rivers form the backbone of many of its most important regions, none more so than the river Ebro that flows through the Rioja DOC. Spain's most prestigeous wine region has undergone fluctuations in style and quality like few others over the years. As in the rest of central Spain, Tempranillo is the favored grape for the finest wines, with Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) making up the difference in most blends. In youth, these medium-bodied wines are bright, berry-laden crowd pleasers, but with age, the finest ones (Gran Reservas) can develop haunting complexity and texture reminiscent of fine, aged Burgundy. A hallmark of the wines is their aging in new oak, typically American in origin, and a wine's categorization depends on the length of time spent in barrel. White Rioja wines, made from primarily from Viura (Macabeo), are also famously long-lived and usually see the same extended oak regimen as the reds.

Nearby, on the vast expanse of the Castilla y Leon plateau, other regions also excel with Tempranillo. Ribera del Duero is the more rustic cousin to Rioja's refined presentation. In the hotter continental climate, where temperatures fluctuate dramatically from day to night, the Tempranillo grape takes on a decidedly more animalistic tone. It's no coincidence that this region is home to Spain's most expensive and sought-after wine, Vega Sicilia. The ancient Roman settlement of Toro is also renowned for producing perhaps the densest, most luxuriantly ripe versions of Tempranillo, albeit with some latent sense of balance. The Bierzo region on northwest edge of Castilla y Leon is markedly different thanks to a small degree of exposure to influences from the Atlantic Ocean. Cooler temperatures and slate and granite soils are ideal for the Mencia grape to thrive, making for lighter, lively, fruity wines characterized by a profoundly mineral streak. Rueda is the one prominent white wine region on the plateau, where Verdejo is the principal grape.

Over the Sierra de Cantabria mountains, the north coast of Spain is cooler and wetter. From the Albariño wines of the Galician coast and Rías Baixas in the west to the bracing, lightning Txakolina wines of Basque country to the east, this climate is capable of producing some of the raciest, most refreshing white wines in the world. In the Catalan northeast of the country, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the hot, montane climate excels in producing burly, powerful red wines from Garnacha, Cariñena, and Monastrell. The rustic, hilltop villages of Priorat are especially known for ripeness, power, and longevity. The nearby Penedès produces prodminantly white wines, most notably Spain's answer to Champagne, the sparking Cava wines.

Moving south, the climate warms significantly, and the central regions of Spain, like Jumilla, Yecla, and La Mancha all depend on the harda Garnacha and Monastrell grapes to produce their sometimes massive, rustic, bold reds. The Jerez region in the Andalucían south produces Spain's utterly unique Sherry wines. From the dry Fino and Amontillado styles to the richer, more decadent Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez, these wines are some of the most singular styles in the world. While their styles are not friendly to mass consumption, the connoisseur inevitably finds in the finest examples character and complexity that are unmatched.

Spain's wine tapestry is as ancient as anywhere in Europe, and just as varied. While the country has been slow to jump on the modernization wave, it's now well on its way to a bright future.

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Aalto is a gorgeous wine, and even at the retail price of $50, is a value. Loaded with notions of blackberry and cassis fruits, vanilla, graphite, and high-class oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has beautiful concentration, and ripe,… ...
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Aalto Ribera del Duero 2015  (#702119)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Aalto is a gorgeous wine, and even at the retail price of $50, is a value. Loaded with notions of blackberry and cassis fruits, vanilla, graphite, and high-class oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied…

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100 points and '#1 Spanish Wine of 2017,' James Suckling: Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes. Endless and fine. January 2017 release. This reminds me… ...
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Vega Sicilia unico Ribera del Duero 2006  (#701836)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

100 points and '#1 Spanish Wine of 2017,' James Suckling: Incredibly floral and beautiful with dark berry, spice, cedar and mint. Chinese plums. Asian spices. Bark. Tea. Full body, dense and so soft and complex. The finish goes on for minutes.…

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This 'entry-level' rosé from Ribera del Duero is comprised of 80% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 20% Albillo. From a dry and early vintage, it is lower in acidity but with very generous 'baroque style' aromas. It keeps the Roselito style in the mouth, but is more full bodied than ever. ...
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Antidoto Roselito Rosado Ribera del Duero 2017  (#701936)

Rosé from Ribera del Duero, Spain

This 'entry-level' rosé from Ribera del Duero is comprised of 80% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 20% Albillo. From a dry and early vintage, it is lower in acidity but with very generous 'baroque style' aromas. It keeps the Roselito style in the mouth,…

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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is an old-vine field blend of approximately 85% Tempranillo and the rest small portions of different grapes, red and white (Valenciano, Navarro or Albillo)... a backward, serious, harmonious and shy wine, with perfectly integrated oak and refined,… ...
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Telmo Rodriguez Ribera del Duero Matallana 2013  (#333053)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is an old-vine field blend of approximately 85% Tempranillo and the rest small portions of different grapes, red and white (Valenciano, Navarro or Albillo)... a backward, serious, harmonious and shy…

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93 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Ultraripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin, tobacco and vanilla lead to a plush flush palate with kick-ass tannins. This tastes of baked blackberry, cassis and chocolate, while the finish is stout and dense as a brick. If you like full-bodied,… ...
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Dominio Basconcillos Ribera del Duero Vina Magna Crianza 2011  (#701974)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

93 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: Ultraripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin, tobacco and vanilla lead to a plush flush palate with kick-ass tannins. This tastes of baked blackberry, cassis and chocolate, while the finish is…

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92 points James Suckling: A bright and fruity red with cherry, berry and orange peel character. Full body, polished tannins and a delicious finish. Drink now or hold. (7/24/17) ...
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Penafiel Ribera del Duero Mironia Crianza 2014  (#701876)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

92 points James Suckling: A bright and fruity red with cherry, berry and orange peel character. Full body, polished tannins and a delicious finish. Drink now or hold. (7/24/17)

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92 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Bright purple. Explosive, oak-spiced boysenberry and blueberry aromas, with candied lavender and vanilla qualities coming up with air. Lush, weighty and seamless on the palate, showing impressive focus and thrust to its dark berry liqueur, cherry-vanilla and floral… ...
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Vizcarra Ramos Ribera del Duero JC 2013  (#701757)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

92 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Bright purple. Explosive, oak-spiced boysenberry and blueberry aromas, with candied lavender and vanilla qualities coming up with air. Lush, weighty and seamless on the palate, showing impressive focus and thrust to…

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93 points Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine: Colour: dark-red cherry, garnet rim. Nose: ripe fruit, fruit preserve, aged wood nuances, tobacco, sweet spices. Palate: fleshy, spicy, round tannins, long. (2018) 92 points Wine & Spirits: A selection from vines 60 years old or more, planted in Pedrosa del… ...
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Pago de los Capellanes Ribera del Duero Reserva 2014  (#701956)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

93 points Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine: Colour: dark-red cherry, garnet rim. Nose: ripe fruit, fruit preserve, aged wood nuances, tobacco, sweet spices. Palate: fleshy, spicy, round tannins, long. (2018) 92 points Wine & Spirits: A selection from…

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92 points James Suckling: Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish. Drink now. (7/24/17) ...
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Alejandro Fernandez Ribera del Duero Pesquera Crianza 2014  (#701617)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

92 points James Suckling: Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish.…

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Tempranillo. Cherry color with garnet edge. Predominant aromas of red fruit, ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak and toasted barrel aging. The palate is powerful, tasty, with a touch of toast and ripe tannins. ...
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Altos del Terral Ribera del Duero T1 2015  (#702276)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

Tempranillo. Cherry color with garnet edge. Predominant aromas of red fruit, ripe fruit, spicy, creamy oak and toasted barrel aging. The palate is powerful, tasty, with a touch of toast and ripe tannins.

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93 points James Suckling: This is a single-vineyard wine from the new project in Ribera of Rioja’s CUNE. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins with a beautiful tannin and fruit combination that leaves delicious, fresh fruit and nuttiness on the aftertaste. Why wait? Drink now. (8/2/18) ...
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Cune Ribera del Duero Bela 2016  (#702350)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

93 points James Suckling: This is a single-vineyard wine from the new project in Ribera of Rioja’s CUNE. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins with a beautiful tannin and fruit combination that leaves delicious, fresh fruit and nuttiness on the…

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100% Tempranillo. Made from grapes grown at 800m above sea level in Villalba de Duero, Burgos. Intense purple color. Young in the nose with black fruits, flowers and mineral aromas in perfect harmony with sweet traces coming from the short stay in barrel. In the mouth there is a sweet sensation… ...
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Cune Ribera del Duero Seleccion de Fincas 2016  (#702349)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo. Made from grapes grown at 800m above sea level in Villalba de Duero, Burgos. Intense purple color. Young in the nose with black fruits, flowers and mineral aromas in perfect harmony with sweet traces coming from the short stay in…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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