Gin Mare

LCBO#: 481598
Price: $53.45
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: Global Premium Brands
ABV: 42.7%

Beautiful unique bottle from Barcelona, Spain. Blended from Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, basil, cardamom, coriander and juniper – so lots going on here. These spices can be felt in the nose with the olives polishing the rest. Quite herbal and sharp in the taste with the warming kick coming a bit later. This takes away from the typical juniper notes of gin. Quite interesting but lacking a little balance to drink alone. Bring the tonic!

Rating: 3.9/5

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Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

imageLCBO#: 420364
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5

Elaboradores Bohigas Brut Cava

imageLCBO#: 401216
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: CFermi Bohigas S.A.

This Spanish Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast at first, but then white grape fruitiness comes out and some sourness happens. Creamy white head that leaves a little on top of the wine. The taste has the sourness as well in the start with the grapes in the finish. The sweetness is well-balanced everywhere. The yeast is well-blended in this. Very easy to drink bubbly that is good all over for any situation.

Rating: 3.7/5

Osbourne Solaz Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

imageLCBO#: 610188
Price: $11.45
Made in: Tolado, Spain
By: Osbourne Selección S.A.U.
Varietal: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon

This inexpensive Spanish red wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, but don’t let the price fool you. Beautiful rich nose with cherries and oak vanilla, all helped with some sugars. Most times with these wines, you have nice aromas but weak taste. Not this one. Good berry flavours with strawberries and cherries. The Cabernet Sauvignon is felt with some mild leather and tobacco. Alright, the nose might be candied, but the taste is not. All together, this wine is quite nice for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Radio Boka Tempranillo

imageLCBO#: 376145
Price: $10.95
Made in: Valencia, Spain
By: Hammeken Cellars S.L.
Year: 2013

This Spanish red wine has sweet fruity grape aromas, but with time, lots of caramel comes out. Does has a nice balanced when glass is swirled. The taste is sweet, but not overpowering. A little dryness, but not much tannins. Mild nutty yeast lingers. Quite an easy-drinking red wine that is mostly wet at first, with nothing overpowering. Good for the price and worth stocking up a few of these bottles for drinking while talking times.

Rating: 3.4/5

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Rosé

imageLCBO#: 370080
Price: $15.95
Made in: Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, Spain
By: Codorniu S.A.
Varietal: Pinot Noir

This Spanish Sparkling Rosé has strawberry aromas with some yeast and notes of vinegar, cherries and plum. Unfortunately, the taste is not as complete. The strawberries are milder with some light sourness in the middle and the yeast showing in the finish. Hints of nuts linger. The mouth is a little too watery and because of this, the yeast is a little too present. Nothing too offensive, but not one we would buy again (better out there for the price).

Rating: 2.8/5