Iberia, the hitchhiking thumb of continental Europe, encompasses Spain and Portugal and a whole lotta delicious wine! While many bottles coming out of Iberia are bold and serious, there are thrilling values to be found across the age and style spectrums. Whether fresh and fruity or dark and brooding, Iberian wines are reliable sleeper values that are sure to find easy rotation in your European lineup.
Topo Tinto is a Portuguese red blend with typical fruitiness but a fair level of complexity and spiced harmony for a bottle of its price range. Casa Santos carries a rich and long-standing Lisboan winemaking heritage, which still translates to deep value despite its pedigree. Deeply ripe fruit retains a mouth-watering tartness of dried cherry, blackberry bramble, baker’s chocolate, and a warm spice blend.
Old school but not overly serious, this Garnacha is a tribute to the town of Paniza in the Iberian Foothills of Northeastern Spain. Traditions, and vines approaching their 100’s, run deep here. You may not have run across many Cariñena wines before, but you’ll find they live up to the quality and value you can expect from Spain’s reputation for powerful, richly-flavored wines. Aged in French Oak and afterwards in bottle, Viña Viejas is dense with stewed blackberry, black cherry juice, pomegranate, toffee, and earthy tannin
Bodegas Olarra Cerro Añon
A front-running heartthrob in the Iberian dating game, Cerro Añon is a suave expression of the richness and complexity that makes Rioja so compelling. Like all Riojas, Cerro Añon is not released onto the market until it is at its peak and ready to drink — in this case, 20 months in cask and 18 in bottle. What does that mean to you? A regular symphony of red fruits, savory cured meats, earthy graphite, herbs, and an intoxicating balsamic reduction.
Enjoy these wines anytime thru August 11th at any of our Top Ten Locations.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors