Remelluri Blanco 2018
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PRODUCER: Remelluri Blanco has been the passion project of Telmo Rodríguez since his early days as a winemaker, becoming one of the most coveted and sought after cult wines in all of Spain. The story goes that in the early 1990s, Telmo’s father Jaime would never let him experiment with the red wines of Remelluri because the risk of failure was too great to make substantial changes. Instead, Telmo was given free rein to create a white expression of the Remelluri farm. For this project, he was inspired by his time spent learning winemaking in France with Gérard Chave in Hermitage, Clape in Cornas, and Château de Beaucastel in the southern Rhône. There Telmo learned to make wines that he refers to as “human-scale wines” that spoke of people and place, wines with soul. That was exactly the type of terroir-driven white wine he set out to make in Remelluri’s high-altitude vineyards (700m+) on the mountainside, overlooking the Ebro river valley, Rioja sprawling out below in every direction.
WINEMAKING: Bunches are hand selected in the vineyard and fermented with indigenous yeasts in wooden and cement tanks of various sizes, with the different plots kept separate. These separate plots are then aged for 12 months in barrels, foudres, and 1200L concrete eggs. Afterward, the wine is blended and aged for a further eight months in oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: The nose is very complex, showing notes of butter, walnuts, quince, ginger, cedar and very ripe pears. It shows a lot of character on the palate with a nervous acidity balanced by its deep concentration and creamy, full body. The finish is very elegant and long.