If you love a somewhat hearty red and a good value, then Spanish wines are well worth exploring.  They often have a nice balance of fruity and savory flavors, and more times than not, they over deliver for their price tags.  Here are a handful our tasting panel sampled recently. Cheers!

Cune 2013 Rioja Reserva

Grape(s): 85% Tempranillo,15% Garnacha, Graciano & Mazuelo.

Region: Rioja, Spain

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A mix of plum and cherry aromas is accented by nuances of leather, spice, and herbs on the nose. The palate reveals flavors of plums, cherries, and boysenberries that unfold into suggestions of earth, white pepper, and anise. Supple tannins and balanced flavors endear this wine to your favorite Indian dishes.

Rating: 90

Tarima Hill 2016 Monastrell

Grape(s): Monastrell

Region: Alicante, Spain

Price: 10-15

The nose brings together aromas of blueberries and black cherries with elements of dark chocolate and herbs. A sip delivers flavors of blueberry, cherry, and plum that flow into undertones of spice, herbs, and dark chocolate. Plush tannins and balanced fruit make this a wine to open when serving your favorite meat pizza.

Rating: 90

Dominio de Eguren 2016 Protocolo Tinto

Grape(s): Tempranillo

Region: Spain

Price: 5-10

Tasting Notes:

The nose is comprised of cherry and plum aromas, accented by expressions of leather, clove, and vanilla. A sip delivers flavors of raspberries, cherries, and red plums, alongside notes of brown spice, vanilla, and white pepper. Offering balanced tannins and a solid combo of fruity and savory character, it’s a good weeknight bargain.

Rating: 89

Casa Castillo El Molar 2016 Jumilla

Grape(s): 100% Granacha

Region: Jumilla,Spain


Tasting Notes:

A combination of plums, blackberries, and raspberries comes together among expressions of pepper, anise, and leather on the nose. Flavors of blackberry, cherry, and plum unfold into nuances of licorice and spice. Bold and a bit jammy, it’s well suited to pair with spicy bean or chicken burritos.

Rating: 89