Abel Mendoza, Tempranillo Blanco, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2019
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 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
DOCa Rioja, Spain