Type: White Wine
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Code: RIOJ425
A rich, intense and complex wine from this renowned producer .
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Rioja Vega

Initially started as the dream of one man, Don Felipe Ugalde in 1882, this winery has seen ongoing growth and development over the years. Don’s aim was simple, to be one of the countries most prestigious Bodega’s. Although his winery passed down the family line, it was through marriage that it became united with Bodegas Muerza, hence losing its identity. Today it is owned by the group Principe de Viana who acquired it in 1983 providing investment in new equipment, staff and in 2001 a new winery, 10km outside Logrono, complete with an underground ageing cellar. The new cellars incorporated modern equipment such as self-weighing hoppers, pneumatic presses and self-emptying stainless steel vats. This level of development has allowed not only the fruit from their own vineyards to be processed but also that of surrounding contract growers so that it has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.

Brilliant gold in colour with subtle green hues. Rich, intense and complex bouquet full of nuances. Aromas of tea and honey, with subtle smokiness. Hints of oak from barrel ageing. Unctuous with a long persistent finish and an elegant hint of minerality.
Aperitifs, patés, and rich cheeses. Risottos and seafood. Fruity desserts.
Selection at the vineyard. Light destemming to avoid damaging the berries. Fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels for 34 days. Aged on lees for 5 months. Traditional ageing and racking in French oak barrels for 14 months. Matured in bottle at the cellar for 10 months before release. Bottles produced: 839 numbered bottles.

"Best Premium White", Wines from Spain 2022. Decanter,Outstanding – 95 points, May 2024 “One of the few centennial wineries in Rioja, Rioja Vega is indeed only one of four bodegas permitted to include the word Rioja in its brands, because the brand is older than the appellation itself. The winery went through difficult periods. Now, owned by the Navarran group Principe de Viana, it is making steps to recover prestige. This is made with Tempranillo Blanco, a mutation of red Tempranillo. PBT – Spicy, toasty aromas, with lots of soft ripe fruit, almost tropical. Rich and silky on the palate. A very ambitious wine that lacks a bit of complexity. SJE – Bold aromas of fine oak and lees. Equally oaky on the palate, but this time layered with darts of citrus. Needs time to settle and fully integrate. It has a long, impressive finish. PM – Buttery, intense nose and complex, creamy, soft palate – nutty too. Lots going on here, accomplished and well-made with super length and class.”

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