Abel Mendoza, Tempranillo Blanco, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2019
Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.
His intimate knowledge of the diverse terroirs in this spectacular part of Rioja is enthralling, and every barrel tasted reveals startling provenance and true character of the vintage. Abel doesn’t make wines that flatter, they don’t speak of oak regimes, but rather of the quality of his fruit, expressed in its most honest form.
Calcareous clay soils, grapes from different plots of young vines.
Fermentation in new french barrels and 5 months battonage until bottlling.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
Ripe yellow fruit on a very intense nose. With more acidity than the red Tempranillo, this is a grape with a great future in Rioja, especially in cold years. It has great length, volume and persistence.
Fish and Rice, White meat, White and oily Fish
Tempranillo Blanco 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja 2022 Special Report 95 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Rioja 2022 Special Report 94 Points