Sierra de la Demanda Blanco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A pure, precise Rioja wine produced with grapes grown in some of the highest elevation vineyards in Rioja, on north-facing slopes south of the Ebro. Vines are tended in mineral soils of silica, which are very rare in Rioja.
RATING HISTORY:2016 93VM; 2015 93 VM; 2013 91 VM
GRAPE:80% Viura, 20% Garnacha Blanca from 100+ year-old vines.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Rich seafood such as seared scallops or baked crab. Fine fish such as Dover sole, turbot and halibut. Salmon with a beurre blanc or other butter-based sauce or salmon in pastry. Simply grilled veal or pork chops, especially with mushrooms. Roast chicken, guinea fowl or pheasant (provided the latter is not too gamey in flavour) Washed-rind cheeses such as Epoisses and Soumaintrain
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Harvest takes place during the last week of October. Once fermentation is complete, wine is aged for 18 months in French oak and Acacia barrels, out of which the first month the wine is with its lees.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Sustainably grown vines planted from 1930. Tended in silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation, which is 400ft higher than many vineyards of Rioja Alta. Average temperatura during the Aptil - October growing season: 16.3C (61.5F). Annual rainfall: 465 mm (18.3 in). Vines are over 100 years old.
TASTING NOTES:Bright yellow-gold. Powerful citrus and orchard fruit aromas are enlivened by fennel, ginger, chamomile and iodine. Palate-staining Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and a hint of smokiness. Powerful yet lithe wine with a jolt of spiciness sharpening the very long, incisive, citrusy finish.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.3 lbs (.58 kg)
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