Marques de Riscal Blanco Rueda 2000
Year of above average rainfall with a total of 480 l/m2. The 311 l/m2 in autumn-winter provided enough reserves of water to withstand the long months of a remarkably dry summer. There was considerable frost on April 21 which caused damage in the lower areas of the D.O., of up to between 30-40%, depending on the area. Mild temperatures in March and April brought forward the vine´s growth cycle, with budbreak ocurring two weeks earlier than normal. Some rain during flowering led to a little coulure with the consequent reduction in the yield. Summer temperatures were not unduly hot and the harvest was brought forward to the second half of September, nearer to usual than was foreseeable at the start of the growth cycle. Very healthy, ripe harvest of excellent quality.
Intense, penetrating, aroma of fruit which becomes more persistent on expansion. In the glass, final aroma of honey. Very pale colour with pearly highlights. Sensation of fresh, soft acidity on the palate, mainly at the front. Long and deep on the finish.
Marqués de Riscal sells its products in over 70 countries and its wines have enjoyed the highest international distinctions as well as numerous awards and mentions in the media.
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.
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.
There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.