Abel Mendoza, Garnacha Blanco, Rioja, Spain, 2020
Modest and passionate about his vineyards, Abel and his wife Maite have been making understated wines in San Vicente since 1988.
Lying in the shadow of the Sierra Cantabria, Abel has vineyards in the finest parts of the Alavesa. His knowledge and understanding of the soils is enthralling and to taste in his cellar can be an education on the effects different soils have in different years. He wants only to express the fruit and the soil and unlike many Riojans, he leaves it more or less at that. He does not want to stamp the wines with any particular style or mark of his own other than his respect for the very natural quality of the grapes and for the magical places that they were grown.
Calcareous clay soils, grapes from different plots.
Fermentation in new french barrels and 5 months/battonage until bottlling.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
This viscous, mouth-filling wine offers notes of toast, red and green apples, caramel and almond.
Grilled shellfish, asparagus, fried eggs, soft-paste cheeses
Garnacha Blanca 100%
6 x 75cl
DOCa Rioja, Spain