When the aging game comes to play, several regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Barolo, Brunello, Mosel, and especially Douro come to mind. But what many don’t always remember to mention is that strikingly gorgeous country filled with handsome football players and absolutely mouth-watering Jamón ibérico, both of which cause me to drool just thinking about them…Yes, I’m talking about Spain. Habitually overlooked by the ultra ageworthy wines from its surrounding neighbors France, Italy, and Portugal, Spain also deserves a spotlight for its ability to not only age, but improve in the process. So as I sit here reminiscing about my summer nights at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid sipping on Ribera del Duero and enjoying Iberian ham with friends, I share with you just a few examples of Spanish wines that I found to be aging quite well.
How does one not fall in love with the wines from this producer? Like being romantically serenaded by a handsome Spaniard and his guitarro, this wine whisks you away to the melody of black raspberry, red currants, cinnamon stick, fennel, earthy tar, and a nutty finish. And just when you think this is all too much too soon and it can’t be for real with its weighty fruit and bold tannin, his burst of acidity kicks in to let you know he’s the real thing and is here to stay for at least the next several years.
Just like a female Olympic gymnast, this wine is a powerhouse of both athletic intensity and eloquent beauty with its inky opacity and aromas of black plum, black cherry, cedar, iodine, and earthy rubber. Its full body and well integrated tannins are perfectly partnered with the wine’s subsequent acidity and flavor characteristics of black pepper, chili powder, serious minerality, and toasted hazelnut on the finish as to merely remind you of the oak used.
Like stepping into the rustic ambiance of an old Spanish farmhouse, this wine bears utterly intriguing aromas of blackberry, black cherry, allspice, and subtle hints of animal sweat. Further elaborating on the rural aspects, it presents the palate with notes of nutmeg, cedar, tomato leaves, aged leather, and sour yet creamy yeast on the finish that is actually quite pleasing. With smooth comforting tannin and some zest of acidity still lingering, this wine is drinking marvelously now and should continue onward for a bit longer.