With an impressive score of 91 points from Robert Parker, the 2010 Bodegas Borsao is yet another exciting discovery from the vast portfolio of importer Jorge Ordoñez, who has been ferreting out great, undiscovered values from Spain's incredible diversity of regions for well over a decade. Berola comes from the rugged Spanish region of Campo de Borja, dubbed the Empire of Garnacha (Grenache), for the grape that represents over 60% of the D.O.'s vineyard plantings. Deeply colored and richly flavored with ripe, succulent fruit, this wine sports a generous dollop of vanilla oak from barrels used the previous year in the top of the line Alto Moncayo bottling.--CW Wine Staff"The 2010 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a combination of American and French oak for ten months. It then spends a year in bottle prior to being released. A sleeper of the vintage, it reveals a deep ruby/purple color along with aromas of blackberries, black cherries, licorice and lavender. Full-bodied, rich, nicely textured and impressively pure, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."91 Points--Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The emergence of high-quality white wines from Spain, long-regarded almost exclusively as a red wine producer, may well turn out to be the winemaking story of the decade. Yet, many of Spain's most successful New Wave white wines, most notably, Albariño, have decidedly austere flavor profiles, which can be challenging to those just discovering the new world of high caliber Spanish whites. That is most certainly not a concern with Verdejo, the signature grape variety of the northwestern Spanish region of Rueda. The 2012 Valdrinal de Santamaria Rueda, which is made from 100% Verdejo, it is a real crowd pleaser. Made by Bodegas Surco, which also produces a bevy of prestigious Ribera del Duero red wines, the Valdrinal de Santamaria Rueda offers plush, luxurious, almost unctuous flavors of pear, stone fruit and yellow apple, with an intriguing hint of tangerine in the background. The bold fruit flavors are nicely backed up by the fresh, vibrant acidity that has become the calling card of the best New Wave Spanish whites. I found this wine delightful ,and an outstanding value as well.-Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
The 2011 Bodegas Zerran Tinto, which comes from the heretofore obscure region of Montsant, is the latest discovery of Jorge Ordonez, who has been ferreting out great, undiscovered values from Spain’s incredible diversity of regions for well over a decade. Located in the northeast corner of Spain, Monstant borders the well-known Priorat region, and benefits from same combination of proximity to the Mediterranean s ea, along with an excellent, well-drained soils. A blend of Grenache, Mazuelo and Syrah, Zerran come from gnarly old vine vineyards planted between 1934 and 1942, at an elevation of 1,500-1,800 feet. An excellent value, this wine received an impressive 92 point score from Robert Parker.
Spain remains the world-class leader when it comes to offering consumers a fair shot at finding stylish, food friendly red and white wines wines at affordable prices. This collection, drawn from Spain's prime growing regions, consists of 4 hearty reds, one rosado and one exceptionally refreshing white.The 6 Bottle Sampler comes in a handy, reusable container with one bottle each of the following wines:Rio Madre 2012 (Rioja)Valdrinal de Santamaria 2012 (Rueda)Viña do Campo Mencia 2012 (Ribeiro)Burgo Viejo Rosado 2013 (Rosado)Montebuena 2010 (Rioja)Finca del Castillo Tempranillo 2011 (La Mancha)
Although Tempranillo is the workhorse grape of Rioja, it has proved quite successful in other regions of Spain, including nearby La Mancha, perhaps better known as the home turf of the wayward knight, Don Quixote. Although Tempranillo typically produces a lighter style of wine in Rioja, in the warmer La Mancha region it takes on added intensity and ripeness. Made in a friendly, fruit-forward style, without any wood notes to mask the fruit, this bouncy Spanish red offers lots of spicy Tempranillo fruit, supported by light, crisp tannins on the finish. Great with BBQ, or serve lightly chilled as an aperitif.
From the portfolio of the peripatetic Eric Solomon, who has a gift for finding super-values from all over the globe, the 2011 Hazaña Rioja Tradicion offers a subtly updated and freshened take on the classic Rioja formula. Pair this well-balanced Rioja with tapas, salmon, grilled meats, and poultry.