White wine

CVNE, Monopole Clasico Rioja Blanco 2016

RRP £24.15

A distinctive green flute, if not German, can only mean Torres Esmeralda or – in a completely different league – the Monople Clasico, the original and far from usual 1915 style reintroduced. That is to say it’s vinified Viura blended with 15% of Manzanilla sherry, courtesy of two butts from Bodegas Hidalgo in Sanlucar. Not to everyone’s taste, perhaps, but it certainly is to mine; chamomile, almonds, yeast and late orchard citrus fruit; intimations of oxidation, old-school, but the shard of flinty acidity provides instant redemption and extraordinary satisfaction.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

White

Wine Style

Still

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2019 - 2024

Origin

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Simon Field MW

UK Stockist

Justerini & Brooks

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