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.