The wines of Spain are renowned for their food friendliness, meaning their bright acidity, and often rich fruit flavors. The whites are delightful with seafood, and the reds are perfect for most meats and cheeses.
The Daily Sip® recently had the opportunity to taste Spain’s “Heredad Collection,” a beautifully curated and comprehensive portfolio of estate-grown Spanish wines. The wines are well-priced and very classic in style. If you don’t know much about Spanish wines, the Heredad Collection wines below would be a great place to start.
The Collection is owned by the Ferrer family, which also owns Freixenet Cava and Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines from California (both of which are also well priced and might be on your party list this upcoming holiday season). Here were the highlights:
1) VIONTA Albariño 2013 (Rias Baixas, Spain) $15
Albariño is probably the best known white wine grape from Spain at present; its racy acidity, green apple, and kiwi notes make it a tremendous “palate-awakener” to start almost any meal. At $15/bottle, albariños like Vionta (100% Albarino) are also light on the wallet and delicious. A perfect combo for holiday entertaining and gift giving. Find it here.
2) PARAMUS Verdejo 2013 (Rueda, Spain) $15 Coming soon.
Verdejos offer very clean, bright notes with high acidity, albeit somewhat tempered by the more luscious viura grape in this case (85% Verdejo, 15% Viura). For sauvignon blanc lovers looking for a new adventure, verdejo might be for you. A perfect pairing for spinach or caprese salad, and most soups. Find it here.
3) VAZA Tempranillo 2012 (Rioja, Spain) $16
Tempranillos from Rioja are the single most popular wine exported from Rioja. Their velvety, juicy, deep red and black fruit flavors often appeal to palates that love big and powerful reds. The VAZA (100% Tempranillo) showed femininity that some tempranillos (particularly the tongue-strippingly tannic ones) often lack. Find it here.
4) GARBÓ Red 2012 (Monsant, Spain) $18
While Rioja is perhaps the most well-recognized of Spanish appellations, Monsant is one of the newest (2001), and one of the least well-known. Its wines mimic those of the fancier region next door, Priorat, with red and black cherry flavors and colors. Nonetheless, the GARBO (50% Syrah, 50% Grenache) presented an even bolder taste profile of baking spice and raspberry jam, not surprisingly given that it’s 50% syrah and 50% grenache. Find it here.
5) VALDUBON Reserva Tempranillo 2008 (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $45
The tempranillos of Ribera del Duero may be slightly lesser-known than those of Rioja, but likely not for long. An appellation at very high elevation, the topography of Ribera engenders classically warm days and very cool nights, terrific growing conditions for the hearty tempranillo grape. The VALDUBON (100% Tempranillo) was big and powerful yet restrained on the finish (likely due to the 2008 vintage), a wonderful combination. Find it here.
6) MAS DE SUBIRÁ Red 2011 (Priorat, Spain) $55
A Spanish wine lover will often steer you to Priorat, where some of the country’s most prized wines are made. The grenache in the MAS DE SUBIRÁ (50% Grenache, 50% Carignane) imparted the expected rich red fruit flavors (plum, strawberry, raspberry), with pronounced acidity and clear structure (beginning, middle, end). A perfect pairing for most classically Spanish foods (clams, chorizo, chicken, etc.), a great Priorat is a great way to conclude a tasting of Spanish wines. Find it here.
Photo Credit: The Heredad Collection