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Six Spanish Super Stars Among the World’s Best Reds

Originally Posted: February 15, 2006

We LOVE Spanish wines. In fact, we love them so much that we have one of the most extensive lists of Spanish offerings in the U.S. - with hundreds of labels in stock. Spanish wines combine terroir, intensity, finesse and range in style and technique from the most traditional to the most modern. Not only do they offer many of the world's great values, they also include many of the world's best wines; often at very competitive pricing. As with the warm and charming people of Spain—Spanish wines are very easy to like.

2003 Mas Doix Priorat "Salanques" (Net) $31.97
"There are 700 cases of the second wine, the 2003 Salanques, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 20% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. It is hard to believe this dazzling effort is made from declassified juice. The stunningly perfumed bouquet of raspberries and blackberries is followed by an elegant, medium to full-bodied, complex, nuanced wine with tremendous purity as well as a multilayered mid-palate and finish. Sweet tannin, fine acidity, and undeniable minerality suggest it will provide enjoyment now and over the next 10-12 years. Situated in the Priorat village of Poboleda, this winery continues to immensely impress." —WA 95

2001 Masia Carreras Costa Brava Grenache Blend (Net) $25.97
"From an outstanding vintage, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to full-bodied, powerful, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, acacia flower, and crushed rock characteristics. Layered and multidimensional, with superb purity and a fabulous noble stature, this terrific 2001 will drink well for a decade. Wow! Could Costa Brava be the next Priorat?" —WA 94

2001 Maurodos Toro "San Roman" (Net) $34.97
This is the most profound San Roman to date, and since release has become even more appealing than ever. "Another stunning offering from Toro, San Roman is the product of Bodegas Mauro, and that producer's typical high quality comes through in this wine. Made from 100% Tinta de Toro cropped at 15-25 hectoliters per hectare, aged 22 months in both new French and American oak, and bottled without filtration, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a rich bouquet of black cherries, berries, vanilla, and spice box. Textured and medium to full-bodied with some tannin to shed, it is an explosively rich, impressively endowed red that should drink well for a decade." —WA 91

2001 Muga "Torre Muga" (Net) $49.97
"The modern-styled, expensive, but terrific 2001 Torre Muga is an unfiltered blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 10% Graciano. Aged 22 months in large (18,000 liters) American oak vats, followed by 16 months in new French oak, and bottled without filtration, it offers an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to sweet plum, cedar, tobacco, new saddle leather, Allspice, raspberry, and black cherry fruit aromas as well as flavors. It is a wine of admirable intensity, full body, and superb purity, size, potency, and harmony. Drink 2006 to 2012." —WA 95

2003 Numanthia Toro (Net) $38.97
The 2003 Numanthia is one of the great Numanthias and may well surpass the amazing debut vintage of 1998. Although not yet rated, we predict superb reviews in the wine press for this fantastic wine. It offers very ripe, intense and profound aromas of crushed black and red cherries, brambly blackberries, along with notes of cured meat, spice, minerals and a hint of black pepper. In the mouth, the wine has beautiful, luxurious and full fruit with soft definition that spreads out on the palate. It has great depth and structure, yet is remarkably well-balanced and composed. The finish is very long and cries out for another sip. —PJ 93

2001 Palomero Ribera del Duero $69.99
"The profound 2001 Palomero boasts an opaque ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary perfume of sweet saddle leather, smoke, herbs, blackberries, creme de cassis, truffles, and graphite. One of the most prodigious Ribera del Dueros I have tasted, it offers great precision, fabulous concentration, and a long, 40+ second finish. Anticipated maturity: now-2016." —WA 96

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