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Spanish reds beyond tempranillo and garnacia

Nicolas Aleman
Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain.

There's more to Spanish reds than those two most favored grapes. Hugh picks out some examples.

Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60

Quality key: * = decent wine ** = very good wine *** = superb wine ****= elite

VALUE = exceptional quality for the money

Senda Verde Mencia, Bierzo, '20 ** $

(Reminiscent of merlot, a nice pleasing red with rustic character)

Teso Monastrell, Castilla '17 ** WINE VALUE OF THE WEEK

(Also known as mourvedre, very dark, intense red with deep flavors, rustic)

Bodega Albero "Isabella" Bobal Yecla '18 ** $

(Very forward fruit, big bodied but approachable, from a little know grape)

All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.

Click on the bottle for direct ordering and home delivery.

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.