No apologies for starting this review with a resounding WOW!, this Marques De Los Rios Rioja Blanco Reserva 2013 made by Baron de Ley is quite simply stunning.
Word of warning though, this may not be to everyone’s taste but one thing is for certain, this bottle will cause a reaction which may be good or bad.
How many of you guys have tried white Rioja? if not, why not, you don’t know what you are missing and if they get it right as in this bottle then the result is a comparable white to a top-notch Burgundy.
So what’s it like? well, straight away when pouring into the glass you could tell this was different, the colour was, rich golden honey like with wonderful aromas of peaches, apricots, almonds, toast, vanilla and butter.
Taste-wise, this was complex but what struck me most of all was how much this reminded me of Rhubarb and custard with a seriously bright acidic kick, some tropical fruits along with vanilla and a woody oakiness, all ending in a very long satisfying finish.
When White Rioja is good it’s very good and this is one of the better ones I’ve tasted for a while and well done Morrisons for stocking it even if it’s the wrong side of £10.
This will definitely divide, some will not get on with it and some will love it, I absolutely, love it and this was close again to my first 9/10 corks, only a few have come this close but I can’t bring myself to push that number 9 on my keyboard.
My rating 8.75/10 Corks
Morrisons around £13