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Marques de Murrieta "Castillo Ygay" Gran Reserva Especial Blanco 1986

100 James Suckling
100 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "I have been terribly excited about this wine since I first learned that (part of) it was still in cement waiting to be bottled in September 2013. I consider the rare white Castillo Ygay one of the greatest white wines ever produced in Spain, and the 1986 Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial is a great addition to the portfolio of the winery--an historic wine that is coming back to life. I did a vertical tasting of many of the old, historic vintages of this wine, and they are included in a separate article in this very same issue. This 1986 had seen the light as a limited early release bottled in 1992 and sold around 1995, and some bottles might still be found in the market. But most of it remained unbottled and was kept at the winery, where it stayed in oak for 21 years, followed by some six years in cement vats until it was bottled. It has 13.5% alcohol, an extremely low pH of 2.98 and 6.75 grams of acidity (tartaric). It has a very subtle nose and it's a bit shy, a little closed at first. It was only bottled one and a half years ago, and it's not crazy to say that the wine is showing extremely young. The wine shows more open the day after, when it has developed some nuances of mushrooms and verbena tea. This is mostly Viura with perhaps a pinch of Malvasía Riojana (aka Alarije). The palate is both powerful and elegant, with superb acidity and great length, with volume and sharpness, with a mineral, umami-driven finish. It fills your mouth, tickles your taste buds and makes you salivate. There is nothing negative about the wine; there is no excess oak, nothing blurry, nothing to improve... perhaps the bottle used! I think this is a perfect wine. It seems to be getting younger and younger with time in the glass; it seems to be getting more focused and sharper, and I have no doubt the wine will evolve and last for a very, very, very long time in bottle. I kept the opened bottle for almost one week and the wine didn't move one inch--no oxidation or any signs of fatigue. Having tasted many other vintages, including the also perfect 1919 (which is still going strong at age 97), I have no doubt we're talking about a white for the next 50 years. Looking at the older vintages, I might even be underestimating its life span. The potential next release could be the 1998 in no less than ten years' time."
$
52900
Discount:
750 ML
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R. Lopez de Heredia "Vina Gravonia" Crianza Rioja Blanco 2010

Only a few cases of available of this brilliant white from the legendary Lopez de Heredia!
95 Wine Advocate
(6/28/2019) "2010 was a superb vintage in Rioja, and the white 2010 Vina Gravonia Blanco is simply stunning, the best of the three vintages I tasted together (2009, 2010 and 2011). This is from a cooler and very balanced year that is perfectly reflected in the wine. The wine is evolving slowly, with notes of lemon curd, dried yellow flowers, saffron and spices. The palate reveals real energy, great balance and a very tasty, almost salty finish. This has to be one of the best vintages for Vina Gravonia. 14,500 bottles were filled in November 2016. Drink Date 2019 - 2030."
$
2599
Discount:
750 ML
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Out of stock

Bodegas Palacios Remondo "Placet Valtomelloso" Rioja Blanco 2014

Our weekday price on this special-feeling $45 reference priced bottle makes it a must-buy!
92+ Wine Advocate
93 Decanter
(12/14/2017) "Altogether an original. 100% Viura, but nothing like traditional Viura. Carries its oak ageing very lightly to form a fine blend of almonds, white peaches and grapefruit, leading on to a long, savoury finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2022."
$
1999
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~21 bottlesCheck all Stores

Bodegas Bhilar Rioja Blanco 2018

91 Our Score
(8/2019) Biodynamically produced from 90% Viura and 10% Garnacha Blanca, it is fermented in concrete then pressed off and placed in old French oak barrels for six months. The wine is then transferred back to stainless steel tanks where roughly half of the juice goes through malolactic conversion. The resulting wine is beautifully complex, with a golden orange hue and a slightly woodsy, oxidized style that is classic white Rioja. On the palate, this rich, completely dry and creamy wine offers fruit that leans to the citrus and pear side along with a very long finish that combines mineral, citrus and perfect acidity. The food pairings are practically unlimited. We are thinking roast chicken for starters.
$
1479
Discount:
750 ML
Available:
~99 bottlesCheck all Stores

Muga Rioja Blanco 2016

89 Our Score
92 James Suckling
(7/24/2017) "Extremely perfumed with white peach and sliced apple aromas and hints of stone. Full body, tight and bright. Lovely acidity and intensity. Drink now."
$
1379
Discount:
750 ML
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Out of stock

Bodegas Ontanon "Vetiver" Rioja Viura 2014

Wine Spectator quotes a drinking window running through 2024 for this Top 100 winner. We're blowing it out for just $10.99 per bottle!
91 Wine Spectator
(12/15/2016) "This bold white marries expressive flavors to a muscular texture. Pear and quince notes mingle with brioche, chamomile and dried pineapple details, with juicy acidity and light tannins lending support. Lively now, this should harmonize with time. Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made."
$
1099
Discount:
750 ML
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Out of stock

Carlos Serres Rioja Viura/Tempranillo Blanco 2016

88+ Our Score
(8/2018) We have featured multiple delicious red wines from Rioja producer Carlos Serres and now we are thrilled to get ahold of their white Rioja! A blend of 85% Viura with 15% Tempranillo Blanco, this wine is sure to put a smile on your face. The wine is filled with mouthwatering flavors of fresh apricot, tropical fruit, and white flowers that lead to a clean finish with seashell minerality. A lot of yuminess here for just ten bucks!
$
999
Discount:
750 ML
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Out of stock
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