I have realized recently that I am developing a distinct inclination for European wines. They have a balance and complexity that is often harder to find in domestics. (This does not mean that American wines are not good, just not always my taste.) With this inclination, I have recently been introduced to some amazing Spanish wines that are phenomenal. Today, though, I will be focusing on the Ostatu Rioja Alavesa Blanco 2011.
|From: Wine Searcher. From: Wine Exchange.|
The vineyard has changed its wine making style in the last few years from a process that merely churned out early drinking wines to a process that allows the wines to age for a good period. That being said, this new 2011 is drinking beautifully right now. (And I suspect it will hold up for a few years to come as well. So the $11.99 price tag from Wine Exchange makes it a great investment or wonderful for this weekend's party.)
There are two varietals in this blanco: 85% viura and 15% malvasia. Viura is pretty exclusive to this area of Spain and let me tell you, they do it good. =P There are strong green apple notes on the nose but when you sip, there is something that made me think of hiking. A strong earthy (flinty, as one friend described it) tone is there as well. Altogether a very pleasant wine that balances well on the nose and is pleasing on the palette. I paired it with an Asian inspired noodle salad and with the ginger dressing and crispness of the vegetables brought out the sweetness of the wine but also highlighted the more sun-warmed earth elements were there also.
So what am I saying? I'm saying get a bottle, chill it, and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
Have a beautiful day!