Spanish Red Wines

The two most famous Spanish red regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero - and in both of these the wines are dominated by Tempranillo.

This is where the character of Spanish reds is founded: strawberry-scented Tempranillo, traditionally aged in American oak barrels, which impart a vanilla sweetness (though increasingly now bodegas are employing more French oak barrels, or a mix).

We try and find interesting reds beyond Rioja, for example listing wines from Toro, Bierzo and Catalonia. What are the other qualities which make Spanish reds interesting and exciting?

First is the heritage of old vines. As in the south of France, Spain retains large plantings of very old vines, especially the red varieties, Tempranillo, Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Garnacha (Grenache) and Carignan. These deliver concentrated, high quality juice - great raw material.

Second, and less well-known to us here, there is an exciting regionalism. One might be aware of the Catalan or Basque spirit of independence, but on wine labels from Galicia and Valencia too one sees words which are not Castilian Spanish. That regionalism is expressed in the preservation and celebration of local grape varieties, many unique to Spain.

Finally, the reds can offer amazing value. Unsurprisingly the domestic wine market has collapsed since 2008, and we encounter many estates very keen to work us, and open to gentle negotiation.

El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2018

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2018

A best-seller here, 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, given precisely 122 days (it...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH118

GrapeTempranillo

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

100% Tempranillo, including some parcels 80-90 years old; in French barrels for 18 months....

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH314

GrapeTempranillo

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Crianza, 2016

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Crianza, 2016

92% Tempranillo from 50-70 year old vines, with Cabernet and Merlot, given fourteen months in...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH416

GrapeTempranillo

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Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2017

A blend of about 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo, a cheerful, oaked (American and Russian)...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeVEG217

GrapeTempranillo

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Segares, Rioja Tempranillo, 2018

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Segares, Rioja Tempranillo, 2018

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Segares, Rioja Tempranillo, 2018

Situated in Rioja Media, the vineyards lie on a plateau at 520-650 metres between the Ocón and...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeNES118

GrapeTempranillo

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Segares, Rioja Crianza, 2012

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Segares, Rioja Crianza, 2012

Excellent pure Tempranillo Rioja, all cooked strawberries and spice, attractively mellow and...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeNES312

GrapeTempranillo

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Segares, Rioja Reserva, 2010

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Segares, Rioja Reserva, 2010

The Reserva goes into 40% new French barrels, 60% in older American oak. It's wonderful to...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeNES410

GrapeTempranillo

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Tierra Fuerte, Graciano, Méntrida, 2015

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Tierra Fuerte, Graciano, Méntrida, 2015

Graciano is a high quality grape - described in Jancis Robinson's monumental Wine Grapes...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionMentrida

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeTIE115

GrapeGraciano

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Bajel Pirata, Monastrell, Alicante, 2019

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Bajel Pirata, Monastrell, Alicante, 2019

A simple, smooth, easy-drinking quaffer, strawberry-fruited, with a little substance and a hint...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionAlicante

ColourRed

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodePIR119

GrapeMonastrell

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Finca La Solana, Monastrell (Organic & Vegan), Jumilla, 2018

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Finca La Solana, Monastrell (Organic & Vegan), Jumilla, 2018

This unoaked, organic red is so bright, juicy and winning, strawberry flavoured but not in...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionJumilla

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLUZ118

GrapeMonastrell

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Finca La Solana, Monastrell, Seleccion Especial, 2018

Monastrell given about four months in old barrels, mainly American, giving distinctively...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionJumilla

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLUZ317

GrapeMonastrell

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2018

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2018

Very deeply coloured, inky; overtly flavoured by the barrels, with expensive, clean, cedary...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB118

GrapeSyrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache

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