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
Made on a family owned 78 acre wine estate located in the Ribadavia region of Galicia, the 2012 Bodegas Docampo Viña do Campo Mencia is fermented in stainless steel tanks using native yeasts, with no oak used in the elevage. Although primarily a white wine estate, Bodegas Docampo recently chose to make a red wine from the indigenous Mencia grape. This relatively unknown variety is well suited for the area's distinctive Maritime -Mediterranean climate, which enables the grapes to ripen fully while preserving their aroma and acidity. Fermented using a high percentage of whole cluster grape bunches, this medium to full-bodied wine offers a lavish abundance of fresh grape aromas and flavors, finishing with soft, round notes of spice and warm cherry confit. Ready now.-Ben Giliberti
What always astounds me about Banda Azul (an Ernest Hemingway favorite) is the precision with which the flavors of the Tempranillo grape are perfectly set off by the abundant notes of new oak. It's a neat trick, rarely mastered outside of Burgundy or Bordeaux, and it makes Banda Azul something special. You save a ton, but give up almost nothing in terms of polish and sophistication.
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