La Antigua Clásico Blanco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?La Antigua Clásico Blanco is inspired by the white Rioja winemaking of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Made from heirloom clones of old-vine Viura, Garnacha Blanca and Tempranillo Blanco. Partially aged under flor, La Antigua Clasico Blanco showcases a style that is savory and umami-rich, paying homage to a time when wineries were allowed to add Fino or Manzanilla sherry to the wine to increase structure and stability.
RATING HISTORY:2018 93WE; 2016 91VM; 2014 91VM; 2013 92JS
GRAPE:70% Viura, 20% Garnacha Blanca, 10% Tempranillo Blanco. Vines planted since 1965. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Aged for 14 to 18 months - depending on vintage - in a blend of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels; a blend of new and used. 10% of the wine is aged under natural flor: a thin layer of native yeast naturally forming on top of the wine in barrel.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Sustainably grown vines planted since 1965. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation.
TASTING NOTES:Green-tinged gold. Meyer lemon, toasted grain, ginger and white flowers on the mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors and complicating notes of tarragon and honey. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Finishes spicy and very long, featuring lingering notes of bitter pear skin and candied ginger. -- Josh Raynolds.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.87 lbs (.39 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:82%
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