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Bodegas Ontanon Viura Vetiver Rioja Blanco 2014

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12.5% ABV
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3.5 12 Ratings
12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#62 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016

The wine displays subtle hints of a lifted floral component as well as a voluptuous mouth-feel, reminiscent of tropical fruit, grapefruit, a touch of white pepper and toast.

It is well balanced, with a fine line of natural acidity and a round, full bodied profile that pairs perfectly with seafood, fish, cream-based pasta sauces and roast chicken.

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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.
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Raquel, Ruben, Leticia and Maria Perez Cuevas make up the current generation of the Perez Cuevas family to carry on a tradition of the wine-making in the eastern part of La Rioja (Rioja Baja). Their father, Gabriel, inherited the parcels of his family's vineyards, just outside the township of Quel on the higher slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range. When Gabriel took over in the 1970s, he began making wine from these vineyards rather than selling the fruit, as had been done before. He was determined to produce wine that embodied the region of Quel, where his family had deep root and where he believes some of the highest quality wines from Rioja are produced. As wine sales continued to increase, Gabriel began purchasing more and more vineyard land in his native region. During his father's and grandfather's time, Quel was one of the epicenters of "quality wines" from Rioja.

Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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