Besides its legendary reds, La Rioja produces some exceptional white wines. For instance, Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía.
This age-worthy Spanish white wine is made from over 70-year-old vines located in the highest area of the Ygay estate, Pago Capellanía, located at an altitude of 485 metres above sea level.
Manually harvested, the grapes of this white wine from Rioja were gently crushed, after which the resulting wine must was drawn off.
Then this reserve white wine produced by Marqués de Murrieta was fermented in stainless steel tanks and subsequently aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Then it was bottled and aged for a further 12 months before its release.
Decant Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2015 at least 30 minutes before drinking.
54.714 bottles produced.
The wine Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía has an old-gold colour with some greyish glints.
Really complex, Capellanía by Marqués de Murrieta smells of raw almonds, liquor-infused white fruit, cumin, turmeric, citrus, withered leaves and damp earth. This white wine aged in oak also suggests some salty and mineral remembrances and hints of clove, menthol and toast.
A serious and bold single varietal old-vines Viura from La Rioja, with a first-class fruit and some lively wooden notions that need some time to fully integrate. Underbush, dry fruit, bone fruit, white flowers, aniseed, exotic spices and some mineral and vegetal nuances. Dry and creamy, with a tense acidity, great elegance and a long, unctuous, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Well-crafted and classy, Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2015 has a considerable ageing potential. Pair it with a substantial cheese platter, rice, and feathered game dishes.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2014:
Enterwine 92. Parker 92. Peñín 93.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2012:
Enterwine 93. Peñín 94.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2011:
Parker 91. Peñín 93. Enterwine 93.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2010:
Parker 92. Peñín 93. James Suckling 95.
Marqués de Murrieta Capellanía 2008:
Parker 90. Peñín 91.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||18|
|Other guides||James Suckling 96.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Cod, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Foie Gras, Goat cheese, Rice with fish, Roasted foods, Rosted piglet, Smoked foods, White meat with gravy, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Dry and full bodied, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
After drinking this, I'm definitely digging into the unknown world of Rioja whites...
This is up there with some really great French whites. It has everything: texture, class, terroir, complexity and freshness. Besides, my experience tells me that you can cellar Rioja whites for ages and you almost never encounter any problems of premox, a very serious problem of Burgundy whites.