Top Spanish Red Wines - 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year. I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family.

NV Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry, Spain, Jerez, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Cream Sherry is a specific style of Sherry that is sweet.  Harvey's Bristol Cream is a blend of Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso, with some Pedro Ximénez.  At one point, this was the largest selling Sherry.  While it might have fallen out of favor in recent years, it still has a large set of devoted fans.  Tawny in color.   The nose has a nice caramel covered apple quality to it with just a bit of toffee.  There is little oxidation showing on the nose.  On the palate, this is nice.  Sweet but less than expected.  Caramel and nuttiness, with a slight salinity.  No hint of heat or alcohol.  This

2011 Alto Moncayo, Spain, Campo de Borja, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$100.00USD

This is 100% Garnacha (Grenache) from Northern Spain.  It is a big wine that is delicious and drinks great.  At age 8, it is just getting into a nice wheelhouse showing some complexity and depth and the fruit fades just a bit.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has raspberries, black cherries, milk chocolate, and slight coffee notes.  Full bodied.  Smooth.  On the palate, lots of black and red raspberry fruit.  Light tannins.  Enough acidity to work with food.  Good finish.  This still drinks great on its own and worked great with a spicy chili.  It will also work well with roaste

2016 Bodegas Juan Gil, Spain, Jumilla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is made from Monastrell (Mourvedre).  It was great to get a chance to revisit as it had probably been ten years since last tried.  It is a tremendous value in wine.  Deep ruby/purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, dust, blueberries and vanilla.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet/rip with black raspberries, slight blueberries and char.  This is also delicious.  It drinks great on its own and will work with ribs or burgers.  I suspect it ages for five to seven years, but have never tried that as it drinks well young.  A great option on restaurant lists as well.  

2017 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$39.00USD

This is a big young wine.  It is delicious, but will need some time.  it is a blend of 70% Monastrell (Mourvedre) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Purple in color.  The nose is big.  The nose has black raspberries, smoke, black cherries, and dark chocolate.  With air, some baking spices come out.  On the palate, this is ripe, slightly sweet with black raspberries and plums.  A bit of spice.  Firm tannins.  Long finish.  This is accessible now but will improve as the tannins and fruit integrate.  In the meanwhile, it is delicious on its own.  With age it will work well with roasts and casseroles

NV Gonzalez-Byass Palomino Fino Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Tío Pepe (Muy Seco-Extra Dry), Spain, Jerez, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Sherries are not for everyone.  That is a shame.  I love them.  The "trick" to the lighter dry ones is to pair them with the right food.  Salty foods seem to tame the oxidation and have a synergistic effect.  This bottle is good on its own but pair with olive, salty cheese or even salty peanuts and it blossoms.  It also benefits from a bit of air and a slight chill.  Pale golden in color.  The nose has a good amount of volatile acidity (nail polish) and slight oxidation.  There is a pine quality along with a bit of stale almonds and a bit of a woody note.  None of those sounds particularly

1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Montilla-Moriles Don PX Gran Reserva, Spain, Montilla-Moriles Alto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1946
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

What an interesting and great wine.  This is a sweet dessert wine made from Pedro Ximinez grapes.  This was made from grapes harvested in 1946.  It was casks and bottled in 2011.  There have been varying batch releases since then (though none on the market as of now).  It is dark brown in color.  A pretty color but not one normally associated with great wines.  The nose has a tootsie roll quality with a touch of chocolate liqueur.  Viscous.  On the palate, the tootsie roll notes follow thru but also a bit of warming alcohol which works nicely.   It is sweet, not cloying with a bit of acidit

2017 Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This wine, made by a large Co-Op is always a great value in refreshing, crisp white wines.  It is from the northwest corner of Spain.  Light, pale yellow gold in color.  The nose has seashells, salinity and also a nice crisp green apple note.  Light bodied.  On the palate, this has a nice bite.  Lots of energy.  The apple notes come thru as well.  Moderate finish.  This goes well with sea food and salads.  it also drinks well on its own, especially outdoors on a warm evening.  It should be consumed in the next year.  And, then buy the next vintage.

2016 Bodegas y Viñedos Alnardo Ribera del Duero Psi, Spain, Ribera del Duero, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a Tempranillo wine.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has cherries,black cherries and baking spice.  Also some dustiness.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  It is warm and dusty with black cherry fruit.  Some complexity.  Nice finish.  This will still get better but it is drinking well right now.  Another few years and it should be close to peak.  It will go well with roasts and grilled meats.  

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