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La Vizcaina La del Vivo Blanco 2014

Other White Wine from Bierzo, Spain
  • RP92
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  • RP93
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Winemaker Notes

The medium-bodied palate offers fresh acidity. Some apple notes with a blend of earthy notes, yellow flowers and beeswax. A fresh mouth, lively finish and a touch of salinity. Medium to light body.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 La Vizcaína la del Vivo had some earthy sensations, perhaps from a higher percentage of wine fermented and aged in old amphorae with skins that were kept in contact with the wine throughout its aging. There are more developed aromas, hints of fennel and yellow fruit. It feels a little warmer and wider than the 2015, despite the fact that the character of the vintage is exactly the opposite. It's quite drinkable and approachable, in line with the 2013. Some 3,000 bottles were filled in September 2015.
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La Vizcaina is a relatively new project from Raul Purez that explores the hillside crus around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. Four reds and one white are produced under the name, all from vines with over fifty years of average age. Though all the red wines Raul produces in the Bierzo D.O. are labelled as 100% Mencía, they all in fact contain significant quantities of other local grapes.

The rich varietal diversity found in Galicia is due in large part to the famous Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the earliest references to which date back to the 9th century. The monks who made the journey would often carry vine cuttings from their home regions in their packs to offer as gifts to the Spanish monasteries that would put them up along the way. This is certainly the explanation for the preponderance of Trousseau found throughout northwestern Spain.

One of the few northwestern Spanish regions with a focus on a red variety, Bierzo, part of Castilla y León, is home to the flowery and fruity Mencia grape. Mencia produces balanced and bright red wines full of strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, baking spice, pepper and black licorice. The well-drained soils of Bierzo are slate and granite.

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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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