Posts Tagged Spain

2010 Bodegas Laukote Blanco Viura Rioja, Spain

In my experience, white Riojas are some of the most varied, unique and memorable wines in existence. Alas, this one seems memorable for all the wrong reason -- with an intentional use of the singular. Few wines approach this one's obvious use of... Read more

2006 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva, Spain

Intense and vivid, with cool summer berries and warm American oak, this Rioja Reserva is a relative steal at the price. Acidic strawberries keep things lively, while deeper, darker elements of forest pine and damp mushrooms add depth and savor.... Read more

2005 Segura Viudas ‘Mas D’Aranyo,’ Penedes, Spain

Red blend of 80 percent Tempranillo, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 percent Carinena is the definition of food-friendly wine. Easy to drink, with well-integrated alcohol and smooth, Merlot-esque tannins, its flavors of ripe plums, port-soaked... Read more

2009 Segura Viudas ‘Creu de Lavit,’ Penedes, Spain

100 percent Xarel-lo still wine from Segura Viudas offers a refreshing, acidic break from Cava. Floral notes with a touch of grass and lemon balm in the nose lead to a refreshing but short and simple taste of honeydew melon, citrus and red apple.... Read more

2005 Segura Viudas ‘Tore Galimany’ Brut Nature, Cava Gran Reserva

What a shame Segura Viudas’ distribution of ‘Torre Galimany’ is currently limited to European markets; it universally impressed American travelers during my visit to Penedes. As a well-aged 100 percent Xarel-lo wine turned sparkler thanks... Read more

2007 Segura Viudas Brut Vintage, Cava Gran Reserva

With the same proportion of Macabeo and Parellada grapes as Segura Viudas’ standard NV Reserva Heredad, this is undoubtedly a similar wine in almost all respects. But the selection of only one strong vintage results in a wine that seems slightly... Read more

NV Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad, D.O. Cava

Reserva Heredad is Segura Viudas’ premier bottling available in the U.S. market, but is still available at a fraction of the price compared to many French sparklers. Macabeo (67 percent) and Parellada (33 percent) grapes are harvested from estate... Read more

NV Segura Viudas Aria Pinot Noir, D.O. Cava

Segura Viudas’ Raventos and Suverbiola were some of the first in the Cava appellation to experience success growing Pinot Noir grapes in the region, and view it as a strong addition to their lineup of wines (when used correctly) even if it breaks... Read more

NV Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut, D.O. Cava

By increasing the proportion of Parellada to Xarel-lo grapes compared to Segura Viudas’ standard Brut Reserva, winemaker Suverbiola has produced a slightly more aromatic, floral sparkling wine that lends itself to youthful, American palates (and... Read more

NV Segura Viudas Brut Rosé, D.O. Cava

Dehydrated raspberries, slightly under-ripe strawberries and mild minerality on the finish, rounded out with a faint toastiness. This is easy-going sparkling wine, with moderate bubbles and a non-cloying mouthfeel that makes it a refreshing... Read more