2011 Conde de Valdemar "Finca Alto Cantabria" Blanco Rioja

SKU #1136724 90 points Wine Spectator

 #73 on Top 100 of 2012! "This expressive white shows pear, lanolin, almond and herbal flavors that are lean yet polished, with crisp acidity and a light tannic grip. A traditional style. Drink now through 2016."  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

Conde de Valdemar is a large, independently owned bodega in the Rioja village of Oyón. While their traditionally oriented red wines are very solid, it is this white that most recently stood out. It's a spectacular wine! Good white Rioja is one of my favorite wines in the world to drink: crisp, dry to bone dry with wonderful acidity, and a stony minerality that distinguishes the best of these wines. This single vineyard white (it comes from a 12 hectare, 40 year old vineyard just northeast of Logroño) is barrel fermented and aged for a brief four months, a short period in oak that subtly frames the wine as opposed to overwhelming it. If you want to taste some real Rioja Alta style terroir as transmitted by the humble, overachieving Viura grape, I strongly suggest you check this wine out! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2013 | Send Email
A great value white wine does not need to be a simple quaffer. Here we have an example of a wine that refreshes but offers a whole lot more, particularly bright fruit, tense minerality and a long finish. Any fan of Macon, Muscadet and other classic European dry white wine values will likely swoon over this white Rioja!

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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 (%): 13