Best Spanish-style wines in Paso Robles
Spanish-style wines in Paso Robles are growing in popularity. It seems that every year more wineries are releasing albarinos, tempranillos and even garnacha wines. Some of my favorite prodcuers include Diablo Paso, Bodegas de Edgar, and Vino Vargas.
We received several Spanish-style white and red wines for holiday wine reviews. They will pair well with tapas, appetizers and most holiday meals. We have included some of the best below:
Spanish-style white wines
Circle B 2016 Albarino – $20
It’s a delicate white, but robust with aromas of peach, apricot and honeydew melon. Pairs well with, scallops, mussels and tapas. This is a smooth and delicious white, and it’s a great value. It’s a great way to start any holiday party.
Diablo Paso 2016 Albarino – $36
Albarino originates in Rias Baixas Southwestern Coast of Galicia Spain. This wine was fermented in 20-percent new French oak barrels and lees for eight months. It was grown on the Paragon Vineyard in the appellation Edna Valley. It is crisp, with notes of peach, guanabana, and tropical fruits. Round ripe mouth feel and a great minerality and savory with a slightly exotic personality in the finish. Food pairing Brazilian Moqueca fish Stew or Sushi.
Vina Robles 2017 Albarino – $19
This Huerhuero Vineyard wine offers a nose of lime, lemon and pear. The flavors deliver the same with a perfect minerality and balanced acidity. This is a juicy wine that pairs well with tapas and appetizers, or is great all by itself.
Spanish-style red wines
Calipaso 2013 The Kinne Tempranillo – $45
This is Calipaso’s first small-lot reserve wine. It’s named after Alan Kinne, their director of wine making for his pioneering work over the last 20 years in Tempranillo. The wine offers black cherry and dried fig flavors with hints of tobacco and cedar.
Diablo Paso 2016 Garnacha – $42
Though the French varietal Grenache is perhaps more widely known, the Spanish garnacha is one of the oldest varieties grown in California. Spanish settlers along the west coast began planting garnacha, which originated in the Spanish province of Aragon, in the mid-1800s for wine production. This wine used whole-cluster fermentation. The result is a rich and elegant yet medium bodied wine, with a violet rim and orange highlights and a deep cherry tone at the core.
Diablo Paso 2016 Tempranillo – $45
Tempranillo is an early ripening variety that tends to thrive in chalky vineyards soils. This wine has a dark red color, a full nose of ripened fruit, dark dry fruits, leather with a hint of tobacco, notes of chocolate, and a round mouth. A complex wine with smooth tannins is achieved. Food pairing: Paella, hot tapas, Jamon Serrano and Manchego Cheese.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 Chileno Tempranillo – $32
This wine is rich in flavor. Providing wonderful aromas on the nose. A dark berry flavor that glides over the palate and has a nice finish. Pairs nicely with most any red meat, as well as working nicely with Mexican foods. This wine was aged 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Cypher 2014 Eclectic Red Wine – $55
This is an interesting and tasty red wine blend of primarily classic port varieties from Portugal, Spain’s next door neighbor. It includes Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, cabernet sauvignon, teroldego and tinta roriz. It has a huge nose packed with anise, cherry, black tea, and spice. It offers flavors of lush blueberry, cranberry, and juicy raspberry, trailing into a mocha and oak finish.
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Publisher’s note: For the fifth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.