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| ||Tasted by Greginnd on 3/20/2014 & rated 86 points: Not bad for $8. Meaty and drinkable. (1676 views)|
| ||Tasted by yofog on 1/15/2014 & rated 84 points: Meh. Fresh acids but quite ripe/pruney and hot fruit. Tastes like a confused wine. (2123 views)|
| ||Tasted by Adventurer on 11/26/2013 & rated 88 points: A great value. I'd forgotten what I paid for it and on the second glass I was certain this was more like a good 12-14 dollar wine; it was only 7.60. Medium body. Berries up front with a balanced finish. A nice one to add to my weekday standards. (2329 views)|
| ||Tasted by the1copperhead on 9/26/2013 & rated 89 points: S: earthy, rich berry T: fruit forward cherry, blueberry, spicy mid with a nice toasty finish (2845 views)|
| ||Tasted by RobertDwyer on 7/16/2013 & rated 90 points: It's really pretty insane how good this wine is for $7.99 (or less with mixed case discounts in MA with no tax). Fresh, fruit forward with supporting earthy characteristics. Mad value. Back up the truck. (3524 views)|
| ||Tasted by edog77 on 2/18/2013 & rated 86 points: Nice plummy jammy nose. Nice fruity and jammy palate. Interesting spicy finish. (2826 views)|
| ||Tasted by RobertDwyer on 11/7/2012 & rated 91 points: Medium bodied visually, this wine is ready to go as soon as its screw cap is opened. Quite nice on the nose with flinty raspberries wrapped around an herbal and floral infused rope. Light on its feet but utterly satisfying with chalky tannins and desirable flavors that convey on the finish. (3095 views)|
| ||Tasted by strugs on 9/2/2012 & rated 86 points: Dark red color. Lots of field berry aromas. Tart blueberry and raspberry flavors. A little acidic, but likely due to its young age. Great wine especially for the money. (2576 views)|
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Spain Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia
Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net
Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.
MurciaLocated in Southeastern Spain, the "lost" region of Yecla lies to the east of Jumilla and to the west of Alicante. Fortunately, this region was spared much of the wrath of the phylloxera plague, and many ungrafted and extremely old vines remain. The Yecla region’s progressive leader, Bodegas Castaño, has long been an advocate of the Monastrell varietal, also known as Mourvèdre. The varietal is best regarded for its influence on the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where the terroir and climate is not dissimilar to that of Yecla. Both benefit from a very warm, Mediterranean climate with warm days and nights.