2016 Sierra de Tolono Blanco Rioja

SKU #1324001 93 points James Suckling

 Nicely styled reductive interest ahead of dried lemon and grapefruit notes, cut straw and dried yellow flowers. The palate has a smoothly rendered texture with impressive layered lemon and almond flavors. Holds long. Drink now.  (7/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Blanco de Sierra de Toloño was produced from individual white vines from old vineyards where they are intermixed with the reds in the Rivas de Tereso village. Sandra Bravo likes clean and fresh whites, pure and direct, kept with the lees until March. It's young and fresh indeed, with even a saline/mineral touch from the limestone-rich soils that invites you to drink. 2016 was a complete and very balanced year that worked well for both colors. (LG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Sandra Bravo, vigneron, member of the "Rioja n' Roll" group of young winemakers in Rioja, and a real up-and-coming talent, did not grow up in a vine growing or winemaking family. She studied, learned on the job, and when an opportunity arose to purchase a small bodega in Rioja Alavesa, she went for it. This white is produced from vines interspersed amongst the Tempranillo vines in a few of her Rioja Alavesa parcels. It is brisk and mineral, with a cool vintage Chablis quality to it. Highly recommended.

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2018 | Send Email
I recently tried this engaging wine in a line up of white Riojas we currently have in the store and I found the Sierra de Tolono Blanco to be the most focused and bright in the line up. With 90% of the Viura fermented in stainless steel and only 10% in French oak, the wine maintained a beautiful medium bodied texture that balanced the high acidity. It boasted with notes of yellow citrus, white tropical fruits, and a bit of golden apple. It was intreguing from beginning to end- a great step into the enticing world of Rioja Blanco!

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