Sierra de Tolono Rioja Blanco 2021
One of Rioja's most exciting white wines. Harvested from various plots of old vines planted at high-elevation in Rioja Alavesa, the grapes for this wine were picked in October (2021 was a cool year in Rioja). Showing great texture and structure at only 12.5% alcohol, this features prominent salinity and minerality; it is a bit like a gentle Chablis, but with a hint of Mediterranean herbs.
Crisp white peach, green pear and fresh citrus notes are accented by white flowers, herbs and salty sea air. On the palate, it is fresh and crystalline. While many fine white Rioja wines rely on oak and oxidation, this beauty is all about fresh fruit and a hint of reduction. It has no track record, but its intensity and balance are enough to anticipate positive development for at least a few more years.