Rioja is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. Prolific and varied, Rioja wines range from oaktastic elders to youthful fruity charmers and while 90% of the DOCa’s production is red, white wines from the region are stars on their own merits.
While Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano are household names when it comes to red grape varieties for the tintos, white Riojas are often made entirely from Viura, with the occasional dash of Malvasía added in. As their ruby counterparts, the are also diverse in their styles, with subtle and citrusy bottles resting along rich aged gems meant to be sipped slowly.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2011 is memorable. It’s made by a bBodega whose history is intertwined with that of Rioja itself, traceable to 1852 when Luciano Murrieta produced the first Rioja wine. It’s composed of 100% Viura grapes coming from a centennial single vineyard and after being fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in French oak for 17 months in which it learns to be the creamy, rich, intense wonder that it is.
Full bodied and aromatic, it combines perfumes of lemon curd, toasted almonds, vanilla, white peach and acacia honey. It is concentrated and generous in every aspect, with a structure that gracefully holds everything together. Complex and elegant, this is probably one of the best bottles in the €20 to €25 range you can find in Ireland.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2011 is available at O’Briens Wine at €24.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.