2005 Marques de Caceres Rioja Dry White Wine

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Vineyard Brands

What They Said:

Per wine.com “Very clear and bright straw colour. Aromas of pears, white flowers and mineral notes come through on the nose. Very pleasant in the mouth where delicious flavours of pears and apples blend with finesse with this wine’s fresh racy character. Very good length.”

What I Think:

Hmm, guess I should have looked at these labels along time ago. For at least three years I thought that these bottles were from Marques de Riscal. In this process of this discovery I also once again was amazed at the values TJ’s can offer, this bottle is on sale for $7.99 (from $9.99) on wine.com

Once I sorted that out I needed to figure out exactly what Viura grapes were all about as this one is 100% Viura grapes. It turns out that this is the same grape used to make Cava, interesting. I started off with this one too cold again, after some nice hand rubbing it began to show some character. First thing you notice in the mouth is that it has a nice weight/texture on the tongue. The mid-palate reminds you of everything refreshing. It is fresh, simple and crisp before it fades to a tangy, lemony finish that is quite tart, it make you almost pucker. Initially it reminds me of a poor man’s sauvignon blanc and I get to thinking about what it would look like next to the Kono bottling from New Zealand. The Kiwi offering sure has a lot more versatility. We had this one with seafood and I wouldn’t want to pair it with much else. Given that I know the Kono is better, but by how much? Enough to justify the cost?

I asked my wife what she thought and before I told her the price she said she would buy it again, when I told her the price, she said no doubt! I wasn’t quite as excited as she was but this will obviously find its way home again as she does more of the shopping than I do.

There is still some left in the bottle as I type this, should there be any changes I will be sure to pass them along.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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