The best wines from Spain at the Wine Access 2012 International Value Wine Awards
Spain is in the midst of renewal, and a corresponding resurgence of popularity among knowledgeable consumers and sommeliers. Yet it is hard to define what Spanish wine actually is, other than being from Spain. As evident in our list of winners, there are many styles, from fortified sherry to sparkling cava to rosada. But Spain’s red wines really carry the ball, most made either from tempranillo, garnacha, monastrell or a combination thereof. And small, formerly unknown appellations such as Calatayud, Carenina, Toro, Montsant and Ribera del Duero in north-central Spain are leading the way. (David Lawrason)
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The best wines from Spain at the Wine Access 2011 International Value Wine Awards
Already well-established in the United States as a leader in value, Spain’s moment in the Canadian spotlight cannot be far off. There’s an increasingly broad palette of intriguing varieties and wine styles; tellingly, the country’s most-planted and best-known grape, tempranillo, doesn’t figure in this year’s top picks. It was, instead, the rich, warm, generous wines from old garnacha vineyards just south of the Pyrenees, and the full, structured, ultra-ripe monastrells of the Levante that earned the judges’ affections as top-value reds. The inclusion of sparkling Cava among the country’s best is no surprise, but what remains perplexing to all, especially to the people who market it, is the relative unpopularity of sherry. Despite repeatedly earning the judges’ highest admiration, sales remain modest. Try one tonight, dry or sweet, and you cannot help but be impressed by the extraordinary depth and complexity for your money, as we were. (John Szabo)
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