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As a sleeping giant, Spain woke up in the 1990s to become a key country on the world stage. With more than a million hectares planted, it is at the head of the largest vineyard in the world and shows remarkable dynamism. To the traditional wines of Xeres and Rioja have been added the great wines of Catalonia, the Duero basin or Galicia which have largely contributed to renewing and diversifying the style of Spanish production. With the exception of the north-west quarter, largely open to Atlantic influences, and the Mediterranean facade, the climate is of continental type with alternating harsh winters and hot or hot summer. Spain first shines with its deep, intense red wines made from Grenache and Tempranillo grapes, which are well adapted to the hot summer weather, but it now successfully exploits other indigenous varieties such as mencia, bobal or mourvèdre. The range of whites has expanded: to the inimitable xeres and Catalan cava, the new generation of Spanish white wines has highlighted the albariño, verdejo or godello grape varieties capable of giving modern, tonic and a real elegance.

  • Ribeiro Treixadura

    Ailala, Blanco Ribeiro 2019

    Vinous Reverie NotesJancis Robinson - Previous Wine of the Week"I recently sang the praises of Glorious Godello in this slot, and will be publishing tasting notes on a small further range of some of the most ambitious examples soon, but Albariño...

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  • Canary Island Listan Negro

    Suertes del Marques, El Ciruelo 2018

    96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The 2018 El Ciruelo could very well be the finest vintage of this single-vineyard bottling, from a plot on very poor soils that has very balanced vines that usually give the more complex and deeper wine from the...

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  • Rias Baixas Albarino

    Attis, Xion Albarino Rias Baixas 2019

    Vinous Reverie NotesAttis is the wine quest of two brothers, Robustiano and Baldomero Farina. Years ago, they joined the French Oenologist, Jean Francois Hebrard, to elevate winemaking in Rias Baixas and the possibilities of its varietals and terroir...

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  • Yecla Monastrell

    La Purisima, Premium Yecla 2014

    Vinous Reverie NotesYecla, in southeast Spain just slightly inland from Valencia, is known for its very expressive Monastrell grapes. Monastrell, that is the Spanish name for Mourvedre that is better known as part of the "GSM" blends from the Southern...

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  • Alicante Garnacha

    Vinessens, El Vivero de Usaldon Garnacha 2019

    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"Despite what the label of 2019 El Vivero says, it's not pure Garnacha, but that's what's in the register for a plot in a six-year-old vineyard in Finca Casa Balaguer that was planted with old material from Usald6n...

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  • Godello

    Bodegas Valdesil, Montenovo Godello 2019

    90 points Vinous"Brilliant straw. Anjou pear, melon and tangerine scents, with a suggestion of chalky minerals. Taut and nervy on the palate, offering lemon pith, pear skin and herb flavors that flesh out on the back half. Shows good clarity on the...

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  • Rioja Blanco

    Izadi, Rioja Blanco 2019

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The surprising white 2019 Blanco has all the white grapes you can imagine—Garnacha Blanca, Maturana Blanca, Torrontés, Viura, Malvasía and Tempranillo Blanco—fermented in different...

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  • Rioja

    Bodegas Artuke, Rioja 2019

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The approachable and affordable 2019 Artuke is the only 2019 bottled, and it can give us an idea of what's to come: softer wines that are gentle and can be enjoyed early on... This would be a village red from...

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  • Manchuela Bobal

    Bodegas Ponce, Clos Lojen Bobal 2019

    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The entry-level Bobal 2019 Clos Lojen mixes grapes from two villages, Villanueva de la Jara and Iniesta. The grapes fermented with full clusters in 4,500-liter oak vats and matured in 10,000- and 15,000-liter oak...

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  • Manchuela Monastrell

    Bodegas Ponce, Depaula Monastrell 2016

    91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"Always an incredible value, the 2016 Depaula is pure Monastrell from vines planted at 900-meters altitude. It fermented and aged in 4,500-liter oak vats with full clusters and indigenous yeasts. This is different...

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  • Campo de Borja Macabeo

    El Casetero, Macabeo Campo de Borja 2019

    Vinous Reverie Notes100% old-vine, dry-farmed, hand-harvested Macabeo. The little-known region of Valdejalon, centered around their village of Epila on the banks of the River Jalon, nestles north of Calatayud. The climate is Mediterranean, with...

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  • Txakolina

    Astobiza, Arabako Txakolina 2019

    90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Vinous Reverie NotesTasting Notes: Straw yellow with green tones. Clean and bright. Intense varieties of aroma, with notes of white fruit (pear and apple) citrus fruits (grapefruit) and bone (peach)...

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