Jul 13 2010

World Cup Wines: Spanish Splendor

Published by at 7:29 AM under Adventurous Whites,News and Trends,Spain

It took approximately one month, but the Spanish fútbol… er… football… er… soccer team is now the envy of the sporting world. And unlike, say, the Super Bowl, the Spanish can gloat about their victory for four years instead of one.

When it comes to wine though, the Spanish have always had a reason to gloat: Some of the most impressive bottles come from Spain, unique for their incredible variety, bold flavors, and legendary growing regions—Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Rias Baixas, to name just a few.

We knew this well before the World Cup win, and that’s why we feature nearly 20 distinctive wines from Spain here at Just Grapes. Below are just a handful—or in this case, handball—of our favorites. (To see the entire list, click on the word Spain):

2008 Bodegas La Cartuja, Priorat, Spain [$13.59]
A beautiful blend of red grapes that shows red grapes that shows red berries and herbs, with a long, luscious finish. Pairs beautifully with traditional Spanish cuisine such as Tapas, or anything with a little bit of spice. (Melissa’s Staff Pick)

2008 Paco Y Lola Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain [$12.79]
Straw yellow color with hints of green in the rim. Clean and brilliant. The nose is complex with outstanding aromatic intensity. Fine notes of fruit (citrus, green apples), herbaceous notes (basil) and floral base notes. It has very fresh flavors balanced by lively acidity giving a crisp, attractive taste, good body and a pleasant aroma on the palate. A varietal character that is elegant and persistent. Gorgeous! Paco Y Lola is the perfect pairing for sushi, fish, seafood, tempura, pasta, risotto and white meats.

Bodegas Atalaya, Almansa, Spain [$15.19]
91 Pts – Robert Parker

This is the first release of Atalaya; a blend of Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera, it is aged for eight months in French and American oak. Inky purple in color with an expressive bouquet of violet, black cherry, blueberry, cardamom & cumin with hints of game and leather thrown into the mix. Superb depth, with candied blackberry and rose flavors that are stabilized by soft tannin and notes of black pepper. An easy-going, immediately accessible wine.

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