Vinicola Real, Cueva del Monge Blanco

Cueva del Monge Blanco 2013

Vinicola Real

Vinicola Real Cueva del Monge’s barrel-fermented, premium white was aged for four months in a combination of French and American oak barrels – resulting in a very classy white Rioja style.

Vinícola Real was established in 1992 by master distiller and winemaker, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, who now manages 25 hectares of vineyards in four different Rioja Alta zones. Vines are grown using organic methods without chemical treatments and all grapes are harvested by hand and sorted prior to crushing. The cellars are actually located in the town of Albelda de Iregua, where Miguel practices traditional viticulture and produces small quantities of quality Rioja.

Tasting Note

Lovely gold/straw coloured barrel-aged white with fresh aromas of pear, peach and pineapple, ripe mango, banana and lychees. Cool and creamy in the mouth, elegant and complex with some toastiness, and good balance between tropical fruit and oak.

Wine details

Winemaker Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Style Oak aged white wine
Varieties 70% Viura, 20% Malvasia, 10% Garnacha
Region D.O.ca Rioja
Alcohol Content 13% Vol.
Bottles/case 6

Critical Acclaim

…barrel-fermented blend of Viura with 20% Malvasia and 10% Garnacha Blanca and other white grapes (it was partly fermented in stainless steel and finished in barrel) that matured and aged in contact with the fine lees for four months in new oak barrels. The oak is in the background with white and yellow fruit and balsamic hints in the foreground. The palate is light, fresh.
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