2018 Remelluri Blanco Rioja

SKU #1574850 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a fantastic white with tightness and freshness and such bright acidity. Sliced apple, pear, pineapple and lilac. Full-bodied yet tight and so fresh, Goes on for minutes. Great length. Precise and transparent. From organically grown grapes. Want to drink it now, but it’s one of the cellar. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Blanco has to be the finest white from Remelluri so far. It's powerful, characterful and elegant, with ripeness and concentration coupled with very good freshness. This unusual white was produced with a mélange of grapes, trying to erase the varietal profile; it fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank and small oak vats and matured in used barriques, foudres and concrete. It has Mediterranean notes of hay and straw, but it's powerful and serious, more like an austere Hermitage with a super-chalky palate and a very tasty, almost salty finish. It has great finesse, with power and the freshness from the high-altitude vineyards and the cool year. 13,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020. (LG) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

K&L Notes

This is one of the most famous, best made white wines in all of Spain. Sommeliers on both sides of the Atlantic clamor for their annual allocations. Telmo Rodriguez, the highly talented, well-traveled winemaker whose family owns Remelluri, takes a lot of pride in this foudre-fermented and aged blend of Garnacha Blanca, Viura, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier from his beautiful, organically farmed estate vineyard in Labastida. Delicious now for its bright, intense yellow fruit and deft use of oak, this wine is a proven ager; 10-12 years from the vintage no problem - if you can lay off these bottles for that long, that is!


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