2014 Benjamin Romeo Predicador Blanco (750ml)

Macabeo from Rioja, Spain
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Review Score: 90WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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The white 2014 Predicador Blanco is a blend of Viura (adds acidity), 39% Garnacha Blanca (provides volume) and 16% Malvasía Riojana (contributes subtlety and aromas); it is from different vineyards mostly in San Vicente (18 plots) and was fermented in French barriques with natural yeasts. The wine matured in barrel for eight months before being bottled. The nose is quite Rioja; it feels more and more like the traditional oak-aged whites from the region, obviously influenced by oak--the wines were aged in oak, it's the style--quite spicy with a mixture of white and yellow fruit, and clean and focused. The wine has a good palate with weight and minerality that provides freshness. I feel like this bottling has matured with the years and gained in definition and character. It's one of those whites that people (including me) need to take more seriously. 11,000 bottles were filled in July 2015.

90+ points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 - Aug 2016)