We've waited years for this Spanish sensaton, which Robert Parker calls the "The Latour of Rioja." The 2008 Remirez de Ganuza has a lovely, rounded, sensual bouquet with kirsch, crushed strawberry, vanilla and a faint tang of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, sensual tannins. It is very well-balanced and pure. There are layers of new oak towards the finish, but here I find it singing from the same hymn book as the intense fruit.
The Fine Wines Of Spain: While we are fans of all the major wine producing regions, Spanish wines have captured our hearts as producing some of the most spectacular tasting wines in the world as well as great values. Spain has the greatest number of vines planted in the world. However, in the last 15 - 20 years Spain has undergone a radical transformation and has started producing Spanish wines for the international consumer. The major wine producing regions in Spain are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Priorat, Montsant, Calatayud, Jumilla, Navarra and Rias Baixas. The major Spanish wine varietals are Tempranillo, Tinto del Toro, Grenache, Albarino, Verdejo, Viura. Some notable producers that we are quite fond of are Bodegas El Nido, Alto Moncayo, Cellar Marti Fabre, Cellar Vall Llach, Mas Doix, Emilio Moro, Bodegas y Vinedos Vega Sicilia, Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, Bodegas Naia, Numanthia-Termes S.L., Bodegas Muga S.A. and many other wines of Spain.
The most popular Spanish wine growing region is Rioja. There, like Ribera del Duero, the Tempranillo grape rules. In Rioja, a classification system is used that essentially defines the wines by how much oak and bottle age the wine sees before release. This four-tiered classificatioins is: Rioja, Crianza, Reserva and the highest level, Gran Reserva, which requires a minimum of 2 years in oak and 3 years in bottle.
Rioja is located in north-central Spain and is split into three areas: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavese, and Rioja Baja.