There’s no shortage of excellent wines in Spain. Spanish wine regions produce vibrant white wines from Rías Baixas, powerful reds from Rioja, inky wines of distinct character and reputation from Priorat, delightful sparkling wines from Cava, luscious fortified wines from Jerez, there is of course Sherry wines, and many more.
AALTO was created in February 1999 when Mariano García – who had been Vega Sicilia’s winemaking director for 30 years – and Javier Zaccagnini – for 6 years head of Ribera del Duero’s Consejo Regulador – decided to join their expertise in a very special project: to make a wine that in a space of 15-20 years should reach the quality of the best wines in the world.
Acustic is a personal project of Albert Jané, who claims a traditional viticulture by combining independence with modern techniques for winemaking. Acustic Blanc is made without electricity and which claims and seeks the roots and the value of traditional viticulture against the “globalization” of current wines and technology. They go back to the roots and the imperfection of expressing the environment of these indomitable vineyards in the vicinity of the majestic mountains of Montsant. The winery´s name, Acústic Celler, is a direct comparison to acoustic music, and the winery´s name literally means “the Acoustic cellar.” This winery was named after acoustic music because of their philosophy of crafting wine´s that have a pure expression of their grapes, just as music without electricity.
Almira Los Dos special cuvée from the Campo de Borja DO in the Aragon region of northeastern Spain, blends Syrah with rich Garnacha produced from vines of 30 years of age from slopes on the edge of the Sierra Iberica, just south of Navarra where Garnacha is king. The resulting wine is nuanced and elegant and hit the mark with this luscious combination of two grapes. Fermentation is classical, with no carbonic maceration. Aging is entirely in stainless steel.
Bodegas Borsao, which was founded in 1958, is located in one of the emerging, super quality, wine regions of not only Spain, but all of Western Europe, Campo de Borja. The soils tend to be dominated by a white chalkiness with considerable alluvial gravel and pebbles. The climate is continental, meaning extremely hot summers and cold winters with some influence from the nearby Ebro River. Bodegas Borsao demonstrates what can be done with the Garnacha grape.
Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego vineyards are located in the valleys between Sierra de Pardos and Sierra de Pena Blanca. The vines are planted in two different soil types: decomposed slate and gravely red clay soils. Even though there is very little rainfall in the region, the clay holds sufficient water for the vines to obtain moisture and to be grown without irrigation.
Bodegas Ordonez Triton Tinta de Toro is 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) planted at a 2,400 foot elevation. These moderately old parcels, planted in 1956 and 1963, have yielded .81 tons of fruit per acre, which is virtually nothing. Bodegas Ordoñez is not confined to a single location, although the majority of the portfolio does focus on wines from the Autonomous Community of Castilla-Y-Léon.
Burgans Albariño has light, bright yellow color. Lively lemon and lime aromas are complemented by melon, pear and salty minerals. Juicy and focused, offering brisk citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a late note of smoky herbs. Gains sweetness with air and finishes with an appealing note of fresh pineapple. Today, the Bodega Martín Códax has grown considerably and is known as one of the most progressive in the zone.
Cellers Can Blau, inky, full bodied Spanish red is bursting with aromas of dark berries, earth, toast, and slate. On the palate it shows balanced acidity and tannin, and roundness with flavors of black cherry and coffee. The winemaking team for this wine is Australian Liz Reed and Catalan winemaker Ricard Rofes.
Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica is a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon and comes from the village of Capcanes. Celler de Capçanes served for several years as the village cooperative. In the 1990’s, the co-op began making kosher wines for the Jewish population of Barcelona, and from that exposure in the much larger city, the property began to attract a greater level of interest.
El Coto Crianza is a Tempranillo from the renowned Rioja region of Spain. The nose preserves the fresh fruit and liquorice aromas typical of Tempranillo. Good balance in the mouth – silky, velvety, with a good aromatic intensity throughout. El Coto de Rioja, located in Oyón, was founded in 1970 by a group of winemakers committed to creating a new type of Rioja.
Faustino Rioja Grande Reserve is the most recognized Gran Reserva from DO Rioja. Clean, bright, and ruby-colored with brick rims. On the nose, it is deep and complex with light spice notes and ripe-fruit hints and expressing it long aging background with very light leather notes. “Plum, dried cherry, dusty spice and leather notes mingle in this mature red, which is still quite fresh. A balanced wine, it will make a fine accompaniment to delicate dishes.” – Rated 87, Wine Spectator
Finca Tobella Negre is a wine that is more accessible with good fruit, fresher and with less barrel time (extraction) and aging. To this end they take great pains to not harvest grapes at an overripe stage and control fermentation temperatures.
Finca Villacreces Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box.