Tasting Notes on 6 Spanish Wines from our Spring Wine Club Meeting


The theme for the night was Spanish wines and the wines did not disappoint. Spain is a very diverse region so I was looking forward to trying many different grapes and regions. We also had some great food we made from the chicken with Spanish rice, a cheese board, BBQ chicken and taquitos as well as some delicious desserts.

  • 2009 Bodegas Muga Rioja Selección Especial – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Decanted for 2 hours prior to serving. Aromas of raspberry, cherry, earth and menthol. Flavors of raspberry, earth, tobacco and iron. Ends with a 30 second finish with cherry and tobacco notes. This was drinking better than the last time I had it but still not a blockbuster in my opinion. May be drinking at peak now but a long, long life ahead of this. I gave this 93 points and it was the wine of the night. (93 pts.)
  • 2013 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos – Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo
    Tasted blind. The nose was a bit closed down at first but upon retasting, it had aromas of cherry, smoke and matchstick. Nose kind of was evolving as the night went on. Flavors of cherry, currant, a touch of plum and some earthiness. Ends with a 25 second finish with cherry notes. Once this came around it was drinking pretty well. Was difficult to tell this apart from the Rioja’s because it had that similar Spanish earthiness. I gave this wine 92 points and it finished tied for 2nd. (92 pts.) In stock
  • 2014 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Aromas of vanilla, cherry and currant. The nose on this really stuck out because it was the only one with vanilla on it. Just different from the others. Got flavors of cherry, blackberry and plum. Ends with a 15-20 second finish with cherry notes. I initially liked this a bit more but after re-tasting and comparing to the other wines I downgraded it. Not a bad wine but just a notch below the other in my opinion. (89 pts.)
  • 2015 Bodegas La Cana Albariño Rías Baixas – Spain, Galicia, Rías Baixas
    Tasted blind. This had a aromas of mineral, apple, and citrus. Bit flinty as well. Flavors of apple, pear, mineral and slate. Ended with a 20 second finish. This reminded me of a dry Riesling in a way. Happy that I got the grape right on this one. Very nice Summer wine. I gave this 90 points and it finished 6th on the night. (90 pts.) In Stock
  • 2015 La Enfermera Tempranillo Toro – Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
    Tasted blind. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, smoke and matchstick. Flavors of boysenberry, cherry, fig and licorice. Ends with a 25 second finish with boysenberry notes. A solid, well made wine. I gave this 90 points and it finished tied for 2nd place. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Bodegas Olarra Rioja Cerro Anon Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
    Tasted blind. Aromas of cherry, tobacco, raspberry and a bit gamey. Flavors of cherry, earth, blackberry and mineral. Ends with a 25 second finish with earthy notes. Wines 5 and 6 were very similar. The main difference was the age, which you could taste more in this wine. I gave this 91 points and it finished tied for 4th. (91 pts.)

The wines were more similar than different tonight, with 4 of them being Tempranillo and 3 of those hailing from Rioja. With that being said, the first wine we tried, the Muga, stood out from the other Spanish wines in my opinion although they were all solid wines. Until next time!