The best wines of 2021, according to ‘El Viajero’

Excellence and good taste are the common notes of the 12 best-rated Spanish wines in the reviews of The traveler by our critic Carlos Delgado, who weekly inspire lovers of oenology. Whites and reds from disparate geographical origins, all of impeccable workmanship, which cannot be missing on the list of good wine enthusiasts to taste in the remainder of the year and during 2022, in which new recommendations will emerge to satisfy the most demanding palates.

Pazo Señorans Vintage Selection 2011 (9.9+ out of 10)

A superb white wine that elegantly imposes its subtle tale of fleshy fruit, white flower and sensual notes of brioche, all highlighted by citrus freshness. And it reaffirms in the mouth with a creamy taste caress, with a delicate persistence. The pleasure is assured and the bag justified.

Rogue of the Eagle 2019 (9.5+)

A red wine with a surprising aromatic impact, in which the fresh notes of ripe fruit reverberate in a temperate landscape of mountain herbs, dried leaves, spices, toasts and terroir. Powerful, but with a smooth texture on the palate.

Pujanza La Paul 2017 (9.8+)

This red conquers the first sip due to the freshness of its ample ripe fruitiness (blackberries, currants), its perfumed floral notes, the smell of the balsamic plant, the slight toasts and the spices of the aging measure. Succulent but slender on the palate, this wine flows in the mouth with its persistent expressiveness.

El Pazo Torre Penelas Blanco Granito 2019 (9.8)

This wine with Rías Baixas designation of origin offers what it proclaims: an enveloping and leisurely aromatic flow between abundant ripe white fruit, delicate flower cuttings, hints of undergrowth and subtle notes of pastries. And in the mouth, a long and tasty goodbye loaded with marine evocations.

The Moonlight of Sil Vides of Corgomo 2019 (9.7+)

This wine forms on the nose a fresh and misty aromatic trail, in which initially the notes of ripe and dehydrated stone fruit (dried apricot) stand out on an earthy, herbaceous and floral background, to finally discover the expected and elegant notes of toast brioche and the nuts contributed by the aging.

White Border Flower 2018 (9.7)

A delicate but vigorous white aging, with nerve and relief, which leaves a finish of inviting persistence. Spectacular and captivating, with subtle hints of spices and toasts on the fresh aromatic warp, exquisitely woven with abundant ripe fruits (white and exotic), citrus and white flowers.

Las Gundiñas 2018 (9.6+)

A red wine from Bierzo that fills the mouth with its incisive freshness. Here the Mencia variety, with more than 100 years, is accompanied by intermixed strains of bastardo, garnacha tintorera and doña blanca.

Property 2019 (9.6+)

This superb red wine seduces with its aromatic impact with a classic profile, where the scented freshness of the red wild berries, the subtle floral notes and Mediterranean herbs are enhanced by the elegant contribution of spices and toasts. The mouth is a feast of juicy fruit flavors and powerful subtlety.

Salix 2019 (9,6)

This white from Priorat seduces with its aromatic warp, delicately woven with notes of fleshy fruit, floral perfumes, the toasted sweetness of the brioche, the subtle spices, the citrus glow and the balsamic atmosphere of the Mediterranean scrub. Tasty and glyceric, it is defined by its balance and refined aftertaste.

Legaris Moradillo de Roa 2017 (9.5+)

A Ribera del Duero with a powerful aroma of ripe black fruit, slightly liquor, which adds the serene discourse provided by the wood (cocoa, spices, toasts), together with the mineral resonance of the gravelly terroir. Tasty and vibrant, it reverberates in the mouth with a long fruity echo.

El Canchorral 2018 (9.5+)

This red from the Viñas Serranas winery fascinates with an unexpected and vibrant aromatic polyphony of fruity chords, counterpoised by warm toasted and spicy notes, while the subtle floral presence and freshness of wild balsamic herbs are discovered. An irresistible invitation to a drink, which confirms in the mouth what it promises on the nose.

Baigorri Finca La Canoca 2019 (9.5+)

An impressive and powerful Rioja red wine, with an intense and fresh fruity aroma, which transports a wild landscape of balsamic herbs covered with leaf litter, and covered by notes of spices and toasts. Tasty, somewhat fiery, it leaves its mark in a graceful, slow fade.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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