Although good wine values can be found in any wine-producing country, Spain has some of the best when it comes to both quality and price. And while Rioja is the most famous of Spain’s wine regions, award-winning, affordable wines are made throughout the entire country. For example, Jumilla, a denominación de origen (DO) located in the southeast, and Campo de Borja, a DO in the north, are home to some highly rated, inexpensive full-bodied reds including the following two wines.
Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos 2015 Garnacha, Campo de Borja
Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in January for $13.99
Description • This delicious, powerful red received 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which described the 2015 vintage as “one of the greatest values in the wine world.” Made from 100 percent garnacha (grenache), the Tres Picos tastes of plums, blackberries and other dark fruits with notes of pepper and vanilla spice from oak aging. It has a mouthwatering acidity that makes you want to keep sipping. This is a big wine that calls for hearty food.
Bodegas Casa Castillo 2015 Monastrell, Jumilla
Bought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in January for $10.99
Description • Also a robust red, the Casa Castillo received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, which ranked it No. 12 of last year’s best buys. Made mostly from monastrell (mourvèdre) with some syrah and garnacha, this wine is a bit earthier and more rustic than the Tres Picos. However, it also tastes of dark fruit with spice from oak aging. The Casa Castillo has very bold flavors and needs strongly flavored foods, like lamb or venison.