Given that has been one of the earliest vintages on record, many producers have by now a clear idea of the kind of wines they will have this year. After talking to more than 20 of them, the picture seems very complex. The drought and the devastating frost in the northern half of the country caught the headlines, but many regions avoided these phenomena.
I am a minor. Haro, 27 March The essence of these last twenty vintages is distilled in the Mirto, the result of agricultural practices which respect traditions, of work closely tied to the land, the pursuit of the character of the vineyard and maximum dedication to looking after the vines with the aim of making wines which transmit an identity with a personality of their own, which represent their essence with a singular character.
What was left has resulted in wines with elevated alcohol, tannin and extraction. Approach with caution. Unlike Catalunya, Rioja enjoyed an abundant harvest — the largest sinceand many producers had to discard fruit to meet the permitted yield.
Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
The country boasts the largest vineyard surface area in the worldand has in recent years positioned itself as THE biggest wine exporter in the world, with nearly 2. Spain struggles to compete with some of the astronomical prices reached by the French collector wines that dominate the Top 50 Most-Expensive Wines in the World. Grape Variety : Tinta de Toro Tempranillo.
Going deeper, you might want to know how the wine was made — for example, did it spend some time in oak? Bodega Winery or wine cellar. Adega is another word you might see, which also means winery.
Located on the Iberian PeninsulaSpain has over 2. The country is ninth in worldwide consumptions with Spaniards drinking, on average, The abundance of native grape varieties fostered an early start to viticulture with evidence of grape pips dating back to the Tertiary period.
By Vintage Roots Staff. Italian Prosecco gives French Champagne a run for its money in terms of popularity, while the Riojas and Garnachas of Spain challenge the French Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon for quality and ageability. Did you know that Spain produced 4.
While each wine is absolutely individual, and good winemakers manage to keep the consistency in good vintages and in bad vintages, so-called Vintage Charts, generalized ratings of the wines in the specific region and specific year, provide good insight into what to expect from the wines on average. A vintage rating allows you to set the expectations as to what to expect from the average wine, and for how long that individual wine might last in your cellar. There are many vintage charts available from many different sources.
It covers everything from floral, finely structured bobal grown in La Manchuela to toffee-flavored, unctuous PXs aged up to odd years in barrel. Like our other country-specific top lists, price is not a factor in determining our list of Spanish wines this year. It certainly was no easy task making our definitive selection based purely on quality from the nearly 1, wines we tasted during our tasting trip to Spain last June. Nevertheless, there was no difficulty in deciding our Spanish Wine of the Year