Top Five Spanish Red Wines

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 at 12:00 am

It is undeniable that Spain is one of the top countries when it comes to producing the most superb wines in the market today, with ratings going up the roof.

We have searched the country for the top rated, the best of the lot, the all-the-rage Spanish wines available. In fact, choosing just 5 wines is a daunting task.

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Felix Callejo Family Reserve 2003 – This 100% Tempranillo wine from the famous Rioja region is aged for 15 months in French oak in contact with the lees. It appears as a thick opaque purple and the fermentation with native yeasts has given the wine a kinky, wild blueberry and blackberry fruitiness along with crème de cassis. Possessing a refined and elegant taste, with perfect integration of black fruits and smooth tannins. Jay Miller gave this wine an astounding 98 points. Costs about $120 a bottle.

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El Nido El Nido 2003 – El Nido is one of the few wineries in Spain’s Jumilla region to gain superstar status with their crazily fruity red wines. Their "El Nido" brand has been consistently getting high remarks from all the prominent wine tasters, and its 2003 vintage is said to be the best yet. Inky purple in color, combining young Cabernet Sauvignon and old Mourvedre and aged for 26 months, this wine exhibits leathery, crème de cassis, and pain grille characteristics. Hard-to-resist ripe, sweet flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, and even maple syrup. Rober Parker calls it "a wine of extraordinary extract and richness" and gave it a grade of 97 points. Meanwhile, Thomas Matthews of Wine Spectator graded it as a 91.  Costs around $130 a bottle.

La Cueva del Contador 2004 – This Rioja wine is judged by Jay Miller as "purple-colored with a splendid bouquet of espresso roast, scorched earth, black currants, blueberry and chocolate." The taste is supple and manages to be elegant despite its layers of red and black fruits and extract. Predicted to last well for about 35 to 40 years. Jay Miller graded it as a 97, while Thomas Matthews scored this wine as 90. Costs around $95, with only 16 cases imported.

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Vynia del Vuit 2003 – A hip red wine from the Spanish Priorat in the Catalonia, it is bold, rich, and complex, with layered taste and a wonderfully long finish. Reminds one of Mas Doix and Clos Erasmus. Costs around $110 a bottle.

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La Viña de Andres Romeo 2001 – This Rioja wine is harvested from a single vineyard called La Liende. Boasting of an inky ruby purple color with a huge nose of graphite, black currants, cherry liqueur, licorice, cedar, and spice box. The taste is powerful, rich and full-bodied, with elegant flavors integrating wood, acidity, and tannin. Robert Parker gave it a score of 96 points. Costs around $425 a bottle, especially that it has limited quantities.