Spanish Wine: Our Staff’s Favorites

Spanish Wine for your Collection


Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva are highly-regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and Ribera del Duero (which has the strictest standards), red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three years; and Gran Reservas, five years. Of course, top producers will often age their wines far longer than they are required to – sometimes decades.

But when they are released, which ones should you drink? Here are a few Spanish wine suggestions from sales team members  Laura Mooney,  Omari Wheat, Tammie Teclemariam, and Lee Becker.

Yemaserena Tempranillo, Bodega La Tercia – 2011
This old-vine Tempranillo from La Mancha is a winner. It’s a delicious, full-bodied red wine that has rich, dark fruit smoothed out by aging in new American oak barrels. This elegant and well-balanced wine is making me crave bison burgers or a peppery steak. -LM

Primitivo Quiles “Raspay” Tinto – 2008
A captivating example of Monastrell! Stylistically very different from its famous counterparts in the south of France, this wine exemplifies old-school Spanish wine. Deep, powerful, and rustic, this wine demands hearty meat dishes and aptly rewards the effort! – OW

Ribeira Sacra, Guímaro – 2014
Spanish wine for the French drinker’s palate. Guímaro’s version of the underrated Mencia variety has the elegance to please fans of riper Burgundy styles. – TT

Campo de Borja, “Los Dos” – 2014
This type of blend is seen a lot in wines coming out of the Rhône valley but a Garnacha and Syrah blend from Spain is pretty unique! Fun and approachable with an abundance of fruit. A solid choice for the price. – LB