Cellar Favorites, Spain
The 1976 Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva is a wine of great clarity and finesse, with a very long, ethereal finish featuring fully resolved tannins and an impression of weightlessness.
Like most of the rest of northern Europe's wine-growing regions, Spain suffered through a cool, rain-plagued growing season and--in many regions--harvest in 2013
Spain, Rest of the World
Micro-negociant Nicolas Palazzi offers magnificent artisan spirits that deserve just as much attention as the best small production wines anywhere in the world.
Veteran IWC readers don't really need to be reminded that Spain is, in our opinion, the world's richest source of outstanding red wine values
Coming on the heels of the challenging 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages, the mostly very good to excellent 2009, 2010 and 2011 trio is providing welcome relief to growers and importers, not to mention wine lovers
Spain continues to offer extraordinary red wine values at the low end, even in the $8-and-under category, a price point most wine regions gave up years ago
The Cavas I tasted for this year's coverage in the International Wine Cellar were the strongest group I have yet encountered, which is great news for wine lovers looking for high-quality bubbly at a gentle price this holiday season
I was presented with more wines for this year's coverage of Spain than I've ever seen before
Part two of our annual Spain coverage includes some of my top red wine values of the year
Spain’s wine producers are proving as eager to promote (read: hype) the 2009 vintage as just about every other wine-producing region in western Europe.