2003 Marques de Murrieta Capellania Blanco Rioja (Elsewhere $26)

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Composed of 100% old vine viura grown in very stony soil, this wine is a delicious example of traditional, barrel aged white Rioja. Though it sees 18 months in 225 l American & French oak, the wine has a wonderful acidity and brightness. For fans of Lopez de Heredia, as well as white Burgundy drinkers, this wine might well be of interest. 89 points Wine Spectator: "Orange peel, tobacco, pine and tangerine flavors are focused and clean in this distinctive white. Has a lean but silky texture, and stays lively through the citrusy finish. Drink now." (06/08)

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2011 | Send Email
I love this wine! If you like Jura wines, you need to try this! It will blow you mind, and for half the price of a Jura wine. I really think that the Rioja whites do not get the respect they are due. That will now be my quest; just like Don Quixote! Well, when in Spain.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.