Carlos Serres Blanco Rioja 2015

The Data

Country   Spain

Appellation   Rioja

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $10

ABV   12.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, pale golden straw color.

Aromatics

The nose is filled with ripe and tart orchard fruits featuring green apple, pear, white peach, and bright citrus fruits.

Flavor

The palate concurs with the nose delivering a vibrant, slightly tart fruit-driven core with waves of green fruit and bright acidity.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and bright acidity delivered in a wine with modest alcohol.

Cool Factor

A

Typically we are happy enough to have a very tasty Rioja Blanco but when it includes Tempranillo Blanco it's super cool.

Value Grade

A

A fresh and pleasing Rioja Blanco from a trusted brand for just $10 will always top our value scale.

Analysis

This ultra fresh and crisp wine is made with a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo Blanco. Tempranillo Blanco? This is a minority grape that is unique to Rioja and is a natural mutation of the well-known red Tempranillo. It's vibrant flavors and moderate alcohol make it a very versatile wine. The family owned and operated Carlos Serres Bodega has been a influential brand in Rioja for well over a century. 88 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

This is an ideal aperitif needing nothing but a glass while it does pair beautifully with smoked fish and semi-soft, salty cheese.

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