(2020) This is not the first white Rioja made from Tempranillo Blanco that I have tasted and reviewed, but examples remain as rare as hen's teeth: this is not a white wine made from the black Tempranillo grape, but from white mutation discovered only a few decades ago. Unoaked, but aged on the lees, the nose has a hint of creamy nuttiness, but a pristine set of citrus and orchard fruit aromas that are appetising and fresh. On the palate there is surprising weight and breadth of texture and flavour for a 12.5% alcohol wine, perhaps a touch of tannin from the grape adding that structural feel, and loads of shimmering juicy acidity to keep it fresh and food-friendly. Fascinating. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2011) Striking and expensive packaging for this white Rioja, which is something a bit special being made from organically certified Maturana grapes rather than Viura and Malvasia, which are the usual suspects for Blanco. There's a refined nuttiness on the nose as well as subtle white fruit aromas of apple and pear, and a touch of something a little bit salty and mineral too. On the palate the fruit comes through: juicy pear and apple, but this remains a fairly subdued, subtle style, a wine with a nicely herbal and tight character overall and it makes for nice drinking. It's a wine where much of the interest comes from its rarity and wine buffs will love it.