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Honorio Rubio Lias Finas Edicion Limitada 2015 (1x75cl)

Bodegas Honrio Rubio is a small, dynamic and naturally-oriented family winery set in Cordovín, a high alititude town in the Rioja Alta sub-zone of Rioja. Honorio Rubio, the man, runs the winery with a maverick and visionary spirit, building upon the foundation of his family’s more than 100 year winemaking tradition, subterranean cellars and winery in Cordovín.

Honorio Rubio’s long lees aged white “Lias Finas” is one of his five limited production series wines. It combines the richness of a long lees contact, barrel-aged white common in Premier and Grand Cru white Burgundy with a selection of his best high altitude Viura grapes. It’s a fresh, modern and elegantly rich style of white Rioja.

It all began with Honorio’s efforts to explore traditional methods of stabilizing wine and the idea of creating world class whites with his best grapes. For “Lias Finas” Honorio took cues from the hundreds of year old traditions of long lees contact common to the top white wine appellations in France and the natural wine movement’s valorization of lost techniques. The result is a refined and well-structured white showing a kinship to white Burgundy, that at the same time retains its Rioja identity.

This wine is made from the Viura variety. The wine rests on its fine lees for 16 months, which gives it smoothness and finesse. The wine spends 6 months in French oak barrels (20% new and 80% 2nd & 3rd use) and 10 months in tank.

The Honorio Rubio “Lias Finas” Crianza White is a bright, lucid straw color. The nose is fragrant with racy scents of lemon with touches of vanilla, minerals and leesy undertones. The attack is bright and lively with a core of lemon flavors accented by notes of lime pith, fresh apple and creamy lemon curd. The mid-palate is harmonious with lees-driven density and subtle richness, undergirded with chalk and stone minerality. The finish is long, smooth and elegant with lingering notes of fresh cut lemon zest. A striking re-styling of white Rioja.


Rioja Organza Blanco Reserva, Sierra Cantabria 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition expert review of white Rioja (see blue link below)...

Rioja Organza Blanco Reserva, Sierra Cantabria 2016 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

Founded in 1957 by Guillermo Eguren, Sierra Cantabria is nestled in the heart of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a town of great winemaking tradition, situated in a unique location between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The Sierra Cantabria mountain range (1,200 m. of altitude) and the river Ebro (350 m.), create a special microclimate with Mediterranean and Continental characteristics - providing mild winters and gentle summers- unique for vine cultivation. Everything in the vineyard is done with respect for the environment as well as following the biorhythms of the plant. 

The grapes are harvested by hand with only the best quality grapes making it into the winery.  Further selection then happens in the winery using a sorting table.  The must is cold soaked for 14 hours prior to fermentation. It is fermented in new French oak barrels from the Vosgues area. The temperature is controlled between 14 and 16º C. This wine is fermented only using indigenous yeast selected from their vineyards.  The wine is aged for 11 months on its fine lees, with batonnage taking place twice a week during the first six months. 

The Organza Blanco 2016 is bright gold in colour. It offers a nose of tropical fruit, minerality and sweet spices. Wild herbs, beeswax, grapefruit and nutmeg spice combine appealingly on the palate here.

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