Ostatu Rioja Alavesa Blanco 2015

Ostatu Rioja Alavesa Blanco 2015| Bottle Price: $14.99 | Case Price: $161.88

 

Story:

Bodegas Ostatu is a family winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region. The winery dates back over two hundred and fifty years. The vineyards are protected by the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range and are composed of chalk and clay soils.

 

Tasting:

This blend of Viura and Malvasia have intriguing aromatics of green pear, kiwi, parmesan rind, and crushed limestone. In the mouth, flavors of prickly pear, lemon, lime, and pear skin are refreshing and lively. It’s bright on the palate but with a lingering finish.  It makes an excellent pairing with seafood, try it with our recipe for Pan Seared Cod with Fennel and Tomatoes.

 

More:

60-70 year old vines give great depth to this refreshing white Rioja. The wine is fermented completely in stainless steel which is where the freshness comes from. Also the Viura grape, is known for being fresh and very aromatic. Rioja Blanco is often obscured by the success of the red wines, which account for around 85 percent of the region’s output. The region’s top white-wine grape was once Malvasia, but today, the emphasis has shifted to Viura.

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