quarta-feira, 9 de fevereiro de 2011

Os 30 melhores tintos espanhóis "custo x benefício" do mercado (Wine Spectator)

O conceito "Top Value" da revista Wine Spectator premia os vinhos que tem um custo de até US$25 e alcançam pontuações relevantes, caracterizando-se como uma ótima relação preço x qualidade, o nosso almejado "custo x benefício". Veja os mais recentes vinhos tintos chienos agraciados com esta distinção e que estão disponíveis ou chegando ao nosso mercado:

* Como base de cálculo, multipliquem o preço em dólar por 4 para ter uma noção aproximada do preço em reais no varejo brasileiro.

* Os vinhos indicados em amarelo, são minhas sugestões pessoais de compra. Infelizmente, alguns listados aqui nunca vi no Brasil ...

1. BODEGAS BERONIA Rioja Reserva 2005
Score: 91 points Price: $19.00 (Preço no Brasil: R$99,90 - Inovini)
This sleek red shows currant, licorice and smoke flavors in a racy texture, with light, firm tannins and bright orange peel acidity. Offers drive and elegance. Drink now through 2014. 46,666 cases made. –TM
2. VIÑA HERMINIA Rioja Reserva 2004
Score: 91 points Price: $22.00
Cedar, lead pencil and tobacco flavors frame black cherry and leafy notes in this maturing red, which is still firm and fresh, sleek and harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2014. 6,000 cases made. –TM
3. BODEGA Y VIÑEDOS CASTRO VENTOSA Bierzo El Castro de Valtuille 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00 (Preço no Brasil: R$95,00 - Grand Cru)

Discreet yet intense, this lithe red delivers cherry, anise, mountain herb, mineral and tar notes, with depth and nerve. Compact now, but should bloom with time. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases made. –TM
4. FINCA SANDOVAL Manchuela Salia 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $17.00
A subtle, balanced red, with firm tannins that are fleshed out by dark berry, plum and lots of spice. A touch of dark chocolate shows midpalate through the lingering finish. Give this some air in the glass. Best from 2011 through 2017. 500 cases imported. –AN
5. BODEGAS ZUGOBER Rioja Belezos Crianza 2005
Score: 90 points Price: $18.00
This plush red offers harmonious flavors of black cherry, vanilla, sandalwood and cedar over full, soft tannins, with orange peel acidity that keeps it all fresh through the floral finish. Drink now through 2015. 8,330 cases made. –TM
6. BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS TÁBULA Ribera del Duero Damana 5 2006
Score: 90 points Price: $19.00
Plum, raisin, iron and game notes have focus and character in this dense, firm red. A bit austere, certainly not fruit-driven, but harmonious and long. Drink now through 2016. 3,330 cases made. –TM
7. DOMINIO MANO A MANO Viño de la Tierra de Castilla Venta La Ossa 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $20.00
This chewy red marries ripe fruit and toasty oak, with bold flavors of huckleberry, blackberry, chocolate and smoke. Firm tannins keep it focused, and iron and floral notes mingle on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 900 cases imported. –TM
8. BODEGAS CASTILLO DE CUZCURRITA Rioja Señorío de Cuzcurrita 2005
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Cola and chocolate flavors frame blackberry, fig and raisin flavors in this ripe, chewy red, which is full-bodied, showing muscular but well-integrated tannins, with a sweet finish of raspberry ganache. Modern style. Drink now through 2015. 4,583 cases made. –TM
9. BODEGAS BURGO VIEJO Rioja Crianza 2005
Score: 89 points Price: $13.00
Licorice, fig and chocolate notes frame sweet plum and black cherry flavors in this generous red. The tannins are full but gentle, and lively acidity keeps it all fresh. Drink now through 2014. 3,000 cases made. –TM
10. BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO Tempranillo Rioja Reserva 2005
Score: 89 points Price: $15.00
This maturing red shows dried berry, floral and anise notes, with undertones of tobacco, cedar and earth. The tannins are softening, while the acidity remains fresh. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2015. –TM
11. BODEGA VIRGEN DE LA SIERRA Calatayud Yasa Capricho 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $17.00
There's good concentration in this modern red, with a dense texture supported by firm tannins. Ripe flavors of kirsch, dark chocolate and licorice show intensity. This is a bit jammy, but has depth. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –TM
12. BODEGAS BORSAO Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $17.00
his modern red offers opulent ripe blackberry and currant fruit framed by toast and cola notes, with a plush texture that remains lively, thanks to well-integrated tannins and good acidity. Drink now through 2014. 5,000 cases imported. –TM
13. BODEGAS MONTECILLO Rioja Reserva 2005
Score: 89 points Price: $18.00
This juicy red delivers cherry, licorice, raisin, citrus peel and spice flavors, with modest tannins and lively acidity. The flavors are starting to mature, but the wine is balanced and still fresh. Drink now through 2014. 50,000 cases made. –TM
14. ÁLVARO PALACIOS Priorat Camins del 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $23.00
This crisp red is bursting with red cherry and berry flavors, sweetened with a bit of vanilla, but balanced with notes of mountain herbs and lead pencil. Not muscular, but has backbone. Drink now through 2014. –TM
15. DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS Bierzo Pétalos 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $23.00 (Preço no Brasil: US$55,90 - Mistral)

Fresh, juicy black cherry flavors are framed by smoke and mineral notes in this firm, focused red, which is supple in texture, but shows intensity and length. Drink now through 2014. –TM
16. VALL LLACH Priorat Embruix 2006
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00 (era vendido pela Expand, mas não está mais no portfólio deles...)
Sleek and firm, this red offers black cherry, licorice and tobacco flavors. A bit austere, but well-integrated, with firm tannins and a smoky finish. For those who prefer bitter to sweet. Drink now through 2016. 1,445 cases imported. –TM
17. VIÑA ARNÁIZ Ribera del Duero Crianza 2004
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
Plum, fig and cola notes mingle in this red, which has orange peel acidity, cedar and tobacco accents and solid tannins. A bit rustic, but solid and balanced. Drink now through 2014. 10,000 cases made. –TM
18. UNIÓN DE COSECHEROS DE LABASTIDA Rioja Castillo Labastida Crianza 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $13.00
upple yet assertive, this smooth red delivers juicy black plum, fig, licorice and smoke notes over polished tannins, enlivened by bright acidity. This isn't weighty, but shows good density. Drink now through 2013. 66,666 cases made. –TM
19. BODEGAS BILBAINAS Tempranillo Rioja Viña Zaco 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
This polished red delivers black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in a silky texture over firm tannins. Leafy and floral notes linger. Not powerful, but has intensity. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made. –TM
20. BODEGAS LUZÓN Jumilla Selección 12 Crianza 2005
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
raphite, licorice and espresso flavors are expressive, if a bit austere, in this lean, firm red. Notes of black cherry and mineral are fresh and focused. Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Merlot. Drink now through 2012. 4,000 cases imported. –TM
21. BODEGAS RAMÍREZ Rioja Ramírez de la Piscina Selección Crianza 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
This smooth red offers lively black cherry and blackberry flavors that mingle with smoke, coffee and tobacco notes, featuring depth and grip. Drink now through 2014. 3,000 cases imported. –TM
22. BODEGAS FARIÑA Toro Dama de Toro Crianza 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $16.00
Black currant, pomegranate, licorice and chocolate flavors mingle in this exuberant red, which has well-integrated tannins that support a plush texture and enough acidity to keep it lively. A modern style. Drink now through 2014. 12,500 cases made. –TM
23. VOLVER La Mancha 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $16.00
There's raw intensity in this modern red, which offers assertive blackberry, espresso and anise flavors in a dense texture, with firm, chewy tannins. Best from 2011 through 2017. 5,000 cases imported. –TM
24. BODEGAS MARTÍNEZ LACUESTA Rioja Crianza 2005
Score: 88 points Price: $20.00
Cherry, dried berry, vanilla, sandalwood and tobacco flavors mingle in this round red, which has elegance, bright acidity and just enough tannins for grip. Drink now through 2013. 40,000 cases made. –TM
25. BODEGAS MURIEL Rioja Reserva 2004
Score: 88 points Price: $20.00
This silky red features pretty berry, vanilla, cedar and spice flavors, with light, firm tannins and enough acidity for liveliness. The finish is long and sweet. A traditional style. Drink now through 2013. 600 cases imported. –TM
26. BODEGAS CARCHELO Jumilla A Altico 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $21.00
This modern red is sleek and fresh, featuring sweet cherry and vanilla flavors and light tannins. Notes of licorice and smoke add interest to the finish. Syrah. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. –TM
27. CELLERS CAPAFONS-OSSÓ Priorat Sirsell 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $21.00
Firm and focused, this sleek red offers black cherry, tobacco and licorice flavors, with mineral undertones. A bit austere, with gamy and earthy notes, but has character. Drink now through 2014. –TM
28. BODEGAS MURIEL Rioja JME Selección 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $22.00
A bold red, offering ripe flavors of plum and blackberry, with toast and espresso accents, in the modern style. This has a solid structure, but remains graceful and fresh. Drink now through 2015. 1,000 cases made. –TM
29. HEREDAD UGARTE Rioja Dominio de Reserva 2006
Score: 88 points Price: $23.00
This medium-bodied red is well-balanced, displaying modest tannins and fresh acidity, and offers black cherry, piecrust, licorice and leaf flavors that linger on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2013. 3,000 cases made. –TM
30. BUIL & GINÉ Priorat Giné Giné 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $24.00
This silky red offers pretty red fruit flavors, with accents of vanilla and spice and a hint of earthiness. There's bright acidity and just enough tannins for grip. Drink now through 2013. 3,500 cases made. –TM
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