For wine aficionados, there’s nothing more delightful than finding that perfect wine that, upon first sip, makes you sigh “Aaaah!” And, while America produces some incredible wines there is something romantic about uncorking a delightful imported wine to serve your guests. With that in mind, here are five top imported wines you need to try. All can be purchased online at specialty wine sites such as wine.com.
Marco Abella 2010 Clos Abella Red (Priorat)
The Clos Abella Red is the signature wine of the Marco Abella winery in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain. And rightly so. This lovely blended red offers magnetic aromas of woodsy spice, fine cedar and pure berry fruits. The wine is fresh and juicy on your palate, but doesn’t carry extra weight as many reds do. You’ll taste a very earthy red here: rooty and woodsy with the fruit tastes of blackberry and cassis. Pay attention and you’ll also find hints of fig and chocolate. Although you can certainly drink this wine now, hold off for a few more years if you can to make the most of it. It is rated as drinkable in its perfect state through 2025. Price: $90.
Ouled Thaleb 2012 Médaillon Red (Zenata)
This blended Moroccan red is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. You’ll find aromas of black cherry, espresso bean and white chocolate in this Moroccan blend. Despite the powerful tannins, this wine remains unremittingly bright. You’ll taste flavors of black cherry, rhubarb, jalapeño, coriander seed, vanilla and citrus zest in this intense wine. The winery, Domaine Ouled Thaleb, was established in 1923 and is named after the tribe that owns the vineyards’ land and works at the winery. Price: $18.
Château Peyrabon 2012 Haut-Médoc
No top wine list is complete without a Bordeaux. This particular wine is a Bordeaux-style red blend. The French Chateau Peyrabon is owned by a branch of the Bernard family that also owns the famous Domaine de Chevalier. This red blend is a powerful, complex wine with dark tannins and ripe black fruits. It still needs to age a couple of years before it is at its peak so you’ll want to wait until at least 2018 to uncork it. Price: $25.
As Laxas 2014 Albariño (Rías Baixas)
Bodega As Laxas is a top-flight producer of Albarino grape-based white wines from the Rias Baixas in Galicia, Spain. This particular vintage is one of its best to date. You’ll find an aroma of pure minerals, peach and melon. This wine is elegant, chiseled and offers fresh hints of minerals on the palate. Flavors of dusty apple and citrus end your sip. This wine is ready to drink now. Price: $22.
Jardin 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Stellenbosch)
Generally, barrel fermented wines leave a bit to be desired. But despite the fact that this South African wine is barrel fermented, it is vivid, vibrant and fresh, with hints of red apple, peach, pineapple, green mango and clementine. You’ll also find delicate hints of toasted oak and baking spice. The finish is a lingering wood-spiced taste. This wine is ready to drink now. Price: $24.[Image Credit]