04 Feb Last Call Spanish Reds!
It’s last call on these great deal high-scoring Spanish reds. Load up before they’re gone!
2015 Faustino Rivero “Ulecia” Reserva, Rioja DOCa
On Sale $12.99 (lowest price online!!)
Lots of ripe-strawberry and floral character. Full body, round and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Fruit-forward yet bright and driven. Lots going on here. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling
2016 Bernabe Navarro Monastrell/Garnacha “Beryna,” Alicante D.O.
On Sale $14.99
The flagship red 2016 Beryna is now a blend of Monastrell with 30% Garnacha, a Mediterranean blend of older and younger vines and different soils that fermented separately in stainless steel with natural yeasts and aged in barrique for ten months, during which time it was racked four times, blended in the third racking. This is the more mainstream of the reds, with some Monastrell rusticity, hint of tree bark and esparto grass and also an herbal twist. The palate is medium-bodied, with very tasty flavor and fine-grained tannins. It’s a serious, somehow austere Mediterranean red.
92 points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Bodegas Ovidio Garcia “Esencia Cigales” Crianza, Rioja DOCa
On Sale $12.99
A big and dense red with lots of crushed blueberry and blackberry character. Full-bodied, round and easy. A little overdone, but some may like this big Tempranillo. Drink now.
90 points, James Suckling