Bodega Pago de Larrea Caecus Verderon Blanco 2018
UK EXCLUSIVE, ORGANIC. Elegant and mineral palate with fresh balance on the front, full fat centre, fine mineral depth and development with balanced acidity, and long creamy finish, fresh and lifted.
|Grape Blend||Viura 95%, Malvasia 5%|
Bodega Pago de Larrea Caecus Verderon Blanco 2018 is a wonderful oak-aged white Rioja from a boutique, organic estate, where quality rather than quantity is the maxim. It is fermented and aged for five months in barrel resting on its lees before bottling to gain extra complexity.
Bodega Pago de Larrea is a perfectly situated 15.5 hectare vineyard planted in 1980 and privately owned by the Larrea family who were co-founders of Vina Salceda. The vines are protected from harsh winds and rain by a limestone ridge to the north, and border the River Ebro to the south, dividing the Rioja Alavesa from the Rioja Alta.
Owner/winemaker Luis Larrea produces beautifully crafted wines with hands-on contact from the growing of the grapes to the bottling. By contrast, the great majority of Rioja from the famous traditional bodegas are made in huge quantities with very littleterroiridentity.
Luis' wines have an individual character and greater dimension than some of the bigger names, while maintaining a distinctive Rioja profile, and avoiding the over-extracted 'international' style of many new-wave Riojas.
The name Caecus given to the wines derives from the Latin for Elciego meaning 'the blind man'.
Fresh white fruit aromas with pear eau de vie, floral and mineral notes, and well-melded creamy vanillin. Elegant and mineral palate with fresh balance on the front, full fat centre, fine mineral depth and development with balanced acidity, and long creamy finish, fresh and lifted.