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Producer : Bodega Classica
Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat
100% Viura from 50-80 year-old vines near San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja Alta and aged for 2 months in French oak barrels. White fruit and flowers on the nose, following through on the palate with riper fruit, good stucture, freshness and complexity. Long, pleasant finish. This wine is a steal!
90 points - Verema, April 2018
Best Buy - Peñín Guide 2019
"A wine that came to my notice thanks to the 10 x 10 tasting in London, this is a leesy, subtly oaked Viura with plenty of zip and perfume, crunchy acidity and a sprinkling of white pepper to embellish the citrus and pear fruit flavours. 2018-21"
90 points - Tim Atkin MW, Feb 2018 (2016 vintage)
Gold Medal - Baco Wine Awards 2017 (2016 vintage)
Best Value White Wine - Wines from Spain Awards 2016 (2015 Vintage)
|Bottles Per Case||12 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness Descriptor||Not Applicable See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)|
|Style||Fresh and crisp whites|
|Food Pairing||Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat|
|Price of Case||$179.40|
Bodega Classica is an imposing winery atop a hill in the village of Sonsierra in the sub region of Rioja Alta amid the foothills of the Toloña Mountains, a part of the great Sierra de Cantabria range that does so much to protect the Rioja region from the less desirable Atlantic influences from the north.
At this positively shiny modern facility, built in 2006, all the grapes harvested from their surrounding 70 hectares of vineyards are gravity fed into vats and presses without the need to use intrusive pumps. Even the winery’s situation atop a hill is all part of the plan as it allows for air circulation to play a natural role in the temperature control of the complex and the cellars that are built into the hill below, again for the ease of temperature control that this naturally affords. It is attention to detail in such matters that amply illustrates the desire of Bodega Classica to produce high-quality wines.
Ricardo Arambarri manages the estate under the umbrella of a larger group called Vintae, established by his father, Riojan businessman and wine-lover José Miguel Arambarri Terrero, which operates winemaking projects in six other Spanish regions. They chose the area of Sonsierra for this particular project because they believe that the poor but well drained limestone-clay soils at 500-600 metres altitude up in the foothills provide a perfect terroir for old vine tempranillo, grown on bush-vines and hand-harvested at low yields.
The winemaking is in the classic Rioja style culminating in time in French and American oak with the length of its stay dependant on the status of the wine, eg reserva or gran reserva. The reserva, in which the tempranillo is ably supported by graciano, sees 20 months in barrels before a further two in bottle before release. Bodega Classica release their wines under a variety of labels including Lopez de Haro and Dominum.
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