2015’s Top Ten Spanish wines


It’s not set in stone what I am about to write now. I just pretend to praise some of the Spanish wines that we tasted last November at Guía Peñín’s events Salón de las Estrellas ( 5 stars wines fair) and it is worth to taste and enjoy not only because their high punctuations at the most popular guide of the wine industry in Spain but also because they were awarded with four and five starts – that means they are very good or excellent price-quality relationship. As you can or may imagine, there were more wineries than I shared here and not all the wineries awarded were there. Nevertheless, I hope you pay close attention at least these one I share here as they are worth your time and money.

One of the most interesting projects that met last November was this winery located at Ribera del Duero (but out of the Appellation of Origin, Ribera del Duero), surrounded with a natural reserve (Riberas de Castronuño – Vega del Duero). The perfect place to produce great wines and enjoy a magic and unique environment.

Barcolobo 12 months of oak barrels.
Barcolobo 12 months of oak barrels.
  1. Barcolobo 12 month Barrel. 2011. 93 points. Five Stars. Balsamic, salty, fruity, undergrowth, vanilla, toffee and toasted barrel notes. In the palate is velvety, fresh, well balanced, fruity and with a well assembled wood.

Some old virtual friends from Jumilla were there and I was pleased to meet in person. Their wines are loyal reflection of the terroir, with surprising and painstaking labels. Two of their wines are worth sharing and enjoying.

Our friends from Jumilla. Numum and Genus among others.
Our friends from Jumilla. Numum and Genus among others.
  1. Nemum Syrah 2011. 86 points. Five Stars.D.O. Jumilla. Blackberry, liquorice, Liquorice Imps, undergrowth aromas. In the palate is fruity, very smooth, velvety, fresh, well balanced. Long and velvety aftertaste.
  2. Genus Monastrell Syrah 2013. 86 points. Five Stars. D.O. Jumilla. Selected vines. Undergrowth, nuts, toasted hints and typical Monastrell aromas. In the palate is fresh, well balanced, velvety, perfect. Light and with all Jumilla’s character.

Not too much chances I had to taste wines from Albacete, in particular Almansa. I am glad to know they elaborate high quality wines with very fair prices. A new revelation that I am going to follow pleasantly through the year. Highly recommended.

La Huella de Adaras D.O. Almansa
La Huella de Adaras D.O. Almansa
  1. La Huella de Adaras 2011. D.O. Almansa. 90 Points. Five Stars. Very fruity aromas. In the palate is velvety and round. Well assembled Wood.

I love wines from Navarra. They have a very characteristically and typical taste and bouquet, well balanced and elaborated. When I first started in this world of wine, one of my first wines was this once from Navarra. I am still remembering its taste, its perfect harmony with all my eating habits and how timeless they were – no matter what they were red, white or pink wines.  Always seeking my next favourite in Navarra, Inurrieta pleasantly surprised me and loved them. Have a try and let me know what you think.

Inurrieta Cuatrocientos. D.O. Navarra.
Inurrieta Cuatrocientos. D.O. Navarra.
  1. Altos de Inurrieta 2010. 16 months of barrel. D.O. Navarra. 91 points. Five Stars. Leather, chocolate, mint, vanilla, cherries and jam aromas. In the palate is smooth, fruity, well balanced and with polished tannin. Long life and best to enjoy unhurriedly. Almost perfect. Marvellous. .
  2. Inurrieta Orchidea 2013. Sauvignon Blanc. D.O. Navarra. 89 points. Five Stars. Citrus, nuts, White flowers, White fruit, salty aromas. In the palate is smooth, tasty, fresh and well balanced. Tastes like lemon. Easy to drink.
  3. Inurrieta Cuatrocientos 2011. D.O. Navarra. 87 points. Four Stars. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Wood and aging notes, cherries, chocolate, vanilla, balsamic hints and red fruits aromas. In the palate is smooth, fruity, sweet, fresh, round. Light but full-bodied. Very fruity. Velvety. Long aftertaste.

    Orchidea. D.O. Navarra.
    Orchidea. D.O. Navarra.

At this special event there was a place for a winery from Valladolid elaborating Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc wines. We loved their labels and presentation. With a painstaking and modern packaging and cartoon boxes. As expected, the wines are high quality, from selected vines in Rueda. A winery you will love.

Dinastia de Helenio. 100% verdejo. D.O. Rueda. Selected vines.
Dinastia de Helenio. 100% verdejo. D.O. Rueda. Selected vines.
  1. Dinastía de Helenio. D.O. Rueda. 100% Verdejo. 88 points. Five Stars. Banana, pears, Apple and citrus, White flowers aromas. In the palate is fruity, smooth, well balanced, and easy to drink. Refreshing and sweet with citrus notes.

Of course, one of our favourite wineries was also there, with many of their wines awarded. Always elegant, classy and unique sparkling wine Marina Espumante. This vintage year was specially good. Laudum Nature, organic wine, was superb.

  1. Marina espumante. D.O. Alicante. 87 points. Four Stars. Nice with flowers, fruit and almonds aromas. In the palate is fresh, light, tasty. Delightful.
  2. Laudum Nature Tempranillo 2012. D.O. Alicante. Organic Wine. 90 points. Five Stars. Red fruits, vanilla and aromatic soap notes in the nose. In the palate is smooth, fruity, and velvety with sweet and polished tannin, with balsamic notes. Fresh and well balanced.

    Laudum Nature. Organic wine.D.O. Alicante.
    Laudum Nature. Organic wine.D.O. Alicante.

A very diverse selection of wines that if you had the honour to taste I would love if you share your opinion with me commenting down below.

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Marina Espumante sparkling wine. D.O. Alicante
Marina Espumante sparkling wine. D.O. Alicante

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