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2018 Marqués de Reinosa, Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja, Spain

Pale coloured with a nose of pears and citrus, backed by a hint of herbs and toast. The palate is medium bodied and crisp, with lively fresh fruits and a broad texture.

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2018 Marqués de Reinosa, Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja, Spain

Producer Information

The Bodega was established in Autol in the Rioja Baja in the late 19th Century by Don Joaquin Garralda Oñate, the Marques de Reinosa. They currently own 1,075 hectares of vines in this, the warmest region of Rioja. The white contains a majority of Tempranillo Blanco, an unusual mutation of the red variety and is unoaked.

Winemaking Note

Fermented at 16-18C. Aged in tank on fine lees for 3 months prior to bottling. crushed and de-stemmed, the fruit is then macerated at 4C for 24 hours, before fermentation in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts, with temperatures kept below 16C. After fermentation, the wine was matured on the lees in tank for 6 months prior to bottling.

Regional Information

Rioja Orientale (Eastern Rioja) is a sub-region of the Rioja wine region in northern Spain. Known previously as Rioja Baja (i.e. lower in altitude), the name changed in 2018. Some producers in the region were keen to avoid any possible inference of quality – especially in comparison to Rioja Alta. This development may lead to the Oriental designation appearing more often on labels than was the case for the old one.

The sub-region forms the largest portion of the region, and accounts for 40 percent of its wine output. It extends southeast of the provincial capital, Logrono, to the small town of Alfaro, and is housed mostly within the La Rioja autonomous community, south of the Ebro River. The remainder lies north of the river, actually within Navarra.

Unlike its neighbours Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, the Rioja Oriental region has very dry and warm summers (temperatures of 35°C/95°F are not uncommon), a result of the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. The soils also differ significantly from those in its neighbours; the chalk content is minimal, with larger proportions of silt and alluvial components as well as ferrous-clay. Drought is also a real threat.

1 review for 2018 Marqués de Reinosa, Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja, Spain

  1. Kevan

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    One of the best white wines I’ve ever tasted

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