2004 Viña Valoria Blanco Crianza Rioja

SKU #1075160

Do you like Lopez de Heredia's whites? Are you a fan of whites with delicious balance of fruit, acid, oak and minerality? If so, try this wine. It is way better than the price would suggest, and is undoubtedly one of my favorite Spanish whites this year, to-date. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2012 | Send Email
Pros may be familiar with the brilliantly old-school white Riojas of Lopez de Heredia, but for under $20, this is a really unique value. Made in the traditional method, which calls for prolonged barrel and bottle aging prior to release, this offers a peek into the world of oxidative white wines without requiring serious investment. Look for signature dill and caper aromas (the mark of American oak), complex herbal, savory, and buttery nut flavors, and a deft four poster balance between richness, acidity, viscosity, and vibrance. Pair it with seafood paella adorned with capers or something truly creative to bring out it's umami side, like fried abalone with a burdock, castelveltrano and dill preparation (a dish I enjoyed recently at an Sf restaurant) and you’re taking dinner to the next level.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 12.5