Spain

Spanish Reds

With some 600 grape varieties, although most wines are made with just 20, tempranillo and garnacha dominate with red wine making in Spain. 90% of all Spanish vineyards lie at higher altitudes than any French wine region. The Spanish bodegas appealingly have traditionally released wines when they are ready to drink rather than to sell. In our view, some of the most exciting current wine making is to be found on the Iberian peninsula.

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    Alto Del Obre Rioja Reserva, Bodeagas Taron 2005

    Alto Del Obre Rioja Reserva, Bodeagas Taron 2005

    Rioja / ES
    13.5%
    Rioja is always a sound bet at Christmas, especially if you’re lucky enough to be sitting down to roast saddle of lamb rather than that dried up old cardboard we know as turkey. The 2005 Alto del Obre, Rioja Reserva from the Bodegas Tarón co-operative, set high in the foothills of the Sierra Obarenes, fits the bill perfectly. Brand new to FVD’s list, it’s a lusciously flavoursome blend of 90 per cent Tempranillo and 10 per cent Mazuelo (the oldest vines of which were planted more than a century ago) aged in American oak barrels for 14 months and then in bottle for a further two years. It’s full of rich, ripe and concentrated bramble/ hedgerow fruit with plenty of aromatic spice in the background and a long, soft, satisfying finish. £12.95 down from £13.95.

    Bottle 75 cl £13.95 £12.95
    Case 12 bottles £167.40 £155.40