2015 Capellania Rioja, Marques de Murrieta Case 6x75cl


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I adore white Rioja, and Capellania in particular.  The 2015 shows their move to a more Burgundian style very well, with deep, rich, waxy pear and apple, combined with hazelnut, splashes of vanilla, a creamy weight but then cut and lifted by a very fine balancing acidity, a touch of classic oxidative notes and an undertow of saline minerality. An incredibly long finish that rivals white Burgundy at more than twice the price. Simply epic and a bargain - critics agree:

93/100 Luis Gutierrez - The Wine Advocate
One of two vintages I tasted of the single-vineyard white, the just-bottled 2015 Capellanía was cropped from a warm and healthy year, and the wine matured in new French oak barrels for 15 months. Like it happened with the rosé, the two vintages I tasted of this white—2015 and 2014—are also very different, with 2015 a more homogeneous year and the 2014 quite a bit more challenging. 2015 was a healthy and warm year, and the grapes were picked quickly (they harvest all of these grapes in one and a half days). All of the wines are kept some time in concrete before bottling. This is a powerful and round wine, with stuffing to develop nicely in bottle, a little in the style of the 2012. However, don't think the wine is soft or flabby, as Viura keeps very good acidity and makes wines that are lively and with freshness in the finish. This is, of course, bone dry and nicely textured. These are generously oaked whites that should develop over the years.

TIM ATKIN (UK): 96 points.

JAMES SUCKLING (USA): 96 points.


ROBERT PARKER (USA): 93 points.

DECANTER (UK): 93 points.

GUÍA PEÑÍN (SPAIN): 93 points.

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