There’s nothing more exciting for us than when we find a well-made, tasty wine for way under the $15 mark. This rich “jewel” more than fits the bill – plus, it snagged a coveted spot on the Wines from Spain 2016 Top 100 list and sports a double-gold, "Best-Value" medal from the 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards. You’ve got to taste this, especially if you’re a fan of intense, bold reds.
Our Spanish wine expert, Beth, unearthed it in Toro, a tiny enclave just east of pricey Ribera del Duero that Jancis Robinson calls “one of Spain’s most dynamic regions,” where you’ll find “better wines on average than in Ribera” thanks to “fewer wines and wineries … and more old vines.”
The pioneering Luis Mateos founded Bodegas Marqués de Olivara here in 1970 – and thanks to his obsession with quality, the estate soon became known as the “Jewel of the Duero” (the river that runs through the region). With such a sparkling reputation, Beth just had to check them out on her last visit to Spain. When she tasted Luis’ Joya del Río – which pays tribute to the estate’s heritage – she scooped up all he had. It’s a brilliant example of the local Tinta de Toro grape (aka Tempranillo, great grape of Rioja), boasting deep color, layers of vibrant red fruit and intriguing spice, all framed by super-ripe tannins. And Luis, knowing that the fruit intensity is the real star of the show, wisely chose to leave Joya del Río unoaked, so what you get in the glass is pure Toro character. (Your favorite beef or lamb dish may have just met its new match.)
At this price, you can indulge in a few bottles for your wine rack. Get your orders in today!