We have three good Spanish wines to recommend at ridiculously low prices but fantastic values. These represent three styles of Spanish wines from three different D.O.’s of Spain. We have wines from Valencia, Catalan, and Bierzo.
2012 El Bon Homme – Costco $9.99
Reviewed by Vintage Wine Taster Mike
Costco says it was rated 92 by Wine Enthusiast. Well, it is quite good! The El Bon Homme has a medium body with a lot of fruit in the nose. It is a robust red wine with full flavors of mixed berry and spice. For a 2012 the color is not a deep red, but it is well integrated and has nice viscosity. The wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Monastrell. I am impressed with the medium body and structure that comes across with a lasting finish. At $9.99 this is an excellent buy. I will go back and get 6/8 more. Perfect for summer grilling: chicken, steak, paella, semi-soft cheese as well as pasta. I prefer this to a Chianti because there is more fruit up front. They had a palate (50+ cases) at Foster City. You would be hard pressed to get a California wine of this quality for this price. You do not see a lot of Spanish wines from the Valencia appellation. My score: 88+ as a wine, 90 for dollar value. Wines that are often found in stores of this quality are $15++.. The label is a little hokey but the wine is a winner.
2014 Honoro Vera – Cost Plus World Market $6.99
Reviewed by Vintage Wine Taster Joe
The Honoro Vera is 100% Garnacha and excellent for just a measly $7. This price is the 30% case sale at Cost Plus World Market. The sale ends on April 4. The Honoro Vera has dark cherry aroma and flavors, fresh and young but with character. The wine carries forth a subtle spice on the palate. 88 Points. Very worthy for the fan of the under-$10 wine. A crowd pleaser for sure for a party. The Garnacha is from vineyards in the Catalan region of Spain. The consensus score on this wine is 88 Points, but most impressive is a 90-Pt. rating from Vinous (Antonio Galloni). I go with 88 Points. On a final note, the wine is one of the many produced by the Juan Gil Family. Their track record for quality Spanish wines is superb.
2014 Vińa Barroca Mencia – Grocery Outlet $4.99
Reviewed by Vintage Wine Taster Ray
The Viña is 100% Mencia and is a medium-bodied red from the northwestern corner of Spain. The Mencia is a native grape found in abundance only in this area of Spain. The wine had a dark red color with very little tannins. It’s much like a darker, mellow Tempranillo or a Merlot with a pleasant after-taste. It would accompany virtually any meat entree. I even enjoyed it with shrimp and pasta al pesto. And at this price point, a definite steal. Steve Tanzer and Antonio Galloni both rate it 89 Points. The Wine-Searcher tells us the average price is $13. Wow!