DescriptionA wine of limited production from a centennial single vineyard, which has been kept for a year and a half in new French oak barrels and one year in bottle; giving an astonishing complexity, structure and elegance. It is a very singular white wine, with the soul of a red wine which surprises all who taste it. A white wine that exceeds all expectations with its complexity and structure, it combines the quality of selected grapes grown on a traditional singe vineyard, which gives its name to the wine and of a balanced ageing in new French oak barrels for a year and a half. The result is a surprising white wine of great bouquet, a white wine of character born to surprise by its uniqueness and perfect to accompany a great variety of rich dishes, with a magnificent potential to evolve and last gracefully in the bottle.
Own vineyard: Capellanía single-vineyard. Planted in 1945 located on a plateau at an altitude of 485 metres, the highest point of the Ygay Estate, our 300-hectare estate in Rioja Alta.
Grape variety: 100% Viura.
Manual harvest: September 22 and 23, 2010.
Winemaking: Grapes are first carefully crushed and after a short skin contact they are gently pressed in a vertical press. This is a gentle and slow process that favours the extraction of all the aromatic potential from our low-yield Viura grapes. The juice is then settled and fermented a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank for 24 days.
Barrel ageging prOcess: 17 months in 225-litre new French oak barrels.
Botlling date: July 15 and 16, 2014.
Numbers of bottles: 38.929 (75cl).
Pairing: Iberian ham, smoked or marinated oily fish, duck, white beef meat, feathered game, etc.
Serving suggestions: We recommend pouring or decanting the wine for some minutes and serve it at around 14º-15º C to let the wine breathe and show its full aromatic potential.
James Suckling (Usa): 95 points. Aromas of white flowers, sliced pears, pineapple and chrysanthemum. Lilacs too. Full body plus mineral, stone and bright fruit flavors. It last for minutes on the palate. From a single plot of viura on the estate. It is barrel fermented and then aged 17 months. A great white. Phenomenal for the money.
Guía Peñín (Spain): 93 points.
Wine Advocate - Parker (Usa): 92 points. The 2010 Capellanía Blanco Reserva is an old-style white Rioja fermented in stainless steel and aged for 17 months in brand new French oak barrels. The grapes from the specific plot that names the wine are the first to be harvested in the Ygay estate and come from very old Viura vines at the highest point at 480 meters altitude. The nose is full of beeswax, white flowers, chamomile, fennel and licorice with smoke and sweet spices. It is very intense and powerful, obviously oaky, but Viura is a grape that takes very well on the oak aging and helps it develop in bottle for a long time. There is no astringency or edges in the palate as the wine is very unctuous and fuller when tasted next to 2009. Very balanced with a good alcohol level. These wines really grow in complexity in bottle and develop nuances for a long time, so there is no rush to drink this beauty. Very good value for the quality it delivers. 39,000 bottles.- Luis Gutierrez.