A fairly traditional winery in Rioja produces this wine from 50-year-old viura vines, blended with a little malvasia. The nose is aromatic, as you’d expect. On the palate it is reminiscent of Chablis, but the flavors are more gentle and rounder, especially toward the end. A bit of steeliness re-awakens in a slightly citric finish; very dry. Recommended.

WHO: Dominio de Berzal
WHAT: Viura (90%), Malvasia (10%)
WHERE: Rioja Alavesa, Spain
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $15 (Media sample)

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  • http://www.azaharproperties.com Simon Creed

    Hi Becky Sue Epstein

    I like the subjective way you are writing, a really good slant on the topic.

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