A fantastic Costco find, the Tabula Ribera del Duero Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo from 40+ year old vines at 800 meters of altitude in Ribera del Duero, Spain. The wine spends 14-16 months in French oak barrels and 6 months in oak vats. … [Read more...]
Spanish Wine! The Best Wines From Spain
It might surprise you to know that Spain has more vineyard land than any other country in the world. It also has the highest life expectancy in Europe. Coincidence? I think not! While this might not be completely attributable to Spanish wine, we'd like to think it at least plays a part.
Wine from Spain is one of our very favorite values because so much of the vineyard land in Spain is old, which means lots of really old grapevines, which equates to delicious wines. Why? The simple reason is because as vines age and the roots go deeper, they produce less fruit, but that fruit is more concentrated with flavor. And because there's so many of these older vines, you're not paying the premium for them that you would be in other regions.
Spain also follows strict laws as to how they can label their wine. (Check out Rioja for example.) This means that unlike a number of New World regions, wines here must meet stringent requirements to be able to use terms like Reserva or Gran Reserva. In other words, when you see these words on the label, they actually mean something!
Tempranillo and Garnacha dominate the red wines of Spain, but inexpensive gems can be found in many other varieties as well, especially whites such as Albarino. From Rioja to Ribera del Duero to Rias Baixas to the Calatayud to lesser-known regions like Carinena, Navarra, Montsant and more, we cover them all to bring you this giant list of our favorites under $20 plus a few over $20 Saturday Splurges!
Read on for our list of The Best Spanish Wines Under $20!
A harmonious and age-worthy splurge, the Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva. 95% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 27 months in French oak barrels plus another 36 months in bottle prior to release. It has just 1.9 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A mastery of oak imparted flavors, we check out the latest vintage of the Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva. 93% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 18 months in French and American oak barrels and another 18 months in bottle prior to … [Read more...]
Revisiting this real deal Rioja Reserva aged 30 months in oak barrels, the Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. The wine is aged 30 months in oak barrels and another 6 months in bottle before release. … [Read more...]
Savory, tannic and delicious, we review the Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell. 100% Monastrell from Alicante, Spain. The wine is aged for 6 months in 2-3 year old French oak barrels and another 12 months in bottle before release. It has 0.92 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A whole lot of flavor for just $8, the Bodega San Gregorio Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha. Unoaked Garnacha goodness from the Calatayud. 85% dry farmed Garnacha from 40-50+ year old vines plus 15% Tempranillo from Calatayud, Spain. The wine is whole berry fermented and aged … [Read more...]
A hyped up wine at a great Costco price, but does it deliver? We review the Cerro Anon Rioja Crianza from Bodegas Olarra. 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano from Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alto in Spain. The wine was aged 14-15 months in a mixture of new and used … [Read more...]
"Tres Picos" - Spanish for buy at least 3 bottles. The Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Spain. 100% Garnacha from Campo de Borja, Aragon, Spain. The wine spends 5-6 months in 225L barrels and has 1.9 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
While the name has evolved over the years the wine itself is still a Trader Joe's top pick! The La Sonriente Garnacha from the Calatayud. Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain. … [Read more...]
A crisp and tasty Cava, the Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava. Sparkling wine made from 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada and 15% Chardonnay from Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the Cava DO of Spain. The wine is aged over 15 months in the bottle where the secondary fermentation that creates the … [Read more...]
An inexpensive and easy introduction to the Bobal grape via Trader Joe's, the Marques De Colbert Reserva. 50% Bobal and 50% Tempranillo from Spain. … [Read more...]
A solid Tempranillo for $7 from Trader Joe's, the Finca Sobreno Pago Lencia Toro Reserva. 100% Tempranillo from Toro, Spain. … [Read more...]
Organic, vegan and full of antioxidants, our latest Costco find is made from a little known grape, the Bodegas Mustiguillo Mestizaje Bobal. 70% Bobal, 19% Garnacha and 11% Syrah, all organically grown at around 800 meters of altitude in El Terrerazo, Valencia, Spain. The … [Read more...]
A young, fresh and tasty wine from Rioja, the Bodegas Faustino Crianza. Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in American oak barrels. … [Read more...]
A simply pleasing organic and vegan red blend from Penedes, Spain, the Pares Balta Mas Petit. A blend of 53% Garnacha and 47% Cabernet Sauvignon all organically grown from Penedes, Catalonia, Spain. The wine was aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Allier French oak barrels for 7 … [Read more...]
Revisiting another fabulous Costco find, the Bodegas Ego Goru 18m. 70% Monastrell, 20% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot from 50 year old vines in Jumilla, Spain. The wine spends 18 months in new French and American oak barrels and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
A satisfying Trader Joe's find, the Bodem Las Margas Garnacha from Carinena, Spain. 100% Garnacha from vineyards at an altitude of 400 to 800 meters in Carinena, Aragon, Spain. The wine is barrel aged for just 2 months and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Another nice Costco find, the Juan Gil Monastrell Silver Label from Jumilla. 100% organically grown Monastrell (Mourvedre) from 40 year-old vines in Jumilla, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in French oak and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Good enough, the La Granja Red Blend Tempranillo-Garnacha from Trader Joe's. 60% Tempranillo and 40% Garnacha from Carinena, Spain. The wine is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
A new box wine pick, the Radio Boka Tempranillo. Tempranillo from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain that is partially aged in 100% French Oak. The wine has 15 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A lighter touch from Rioja, the Bodegas Beronia Crianza. 94% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 1% Mazuelo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops and another 3 months in bottle before release. It has just 1.5 g/L of … [Read more...]
A simple but satisfying wine from Trader Joe's, the La Granja 360 Verdejo Viura. 85% Verdejo and 15% Viura from Castilla y Leon, Spain. The wine is fermented using native yeast and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
Spanish Tempranillo with a French connection, the Dominio Del Soto Ribera del Duero from M Chapoutier. 100% organically grown Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain. The wine is aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak for 3-6 months. … [Read more...]
A tasty ten dollar find from Costco, the Ego Bodegas Goru Gold Red Blend. 80% Monastrell, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Jumilla, Spain. The wine spends 12 months in new and second use French, American and Romanian oak barrels. It has less than 5 g/L of residual … [Read more...]