Monopole Clásico Blanco Seco 2017
Monopole es la marca de vino blanco más antigua de España, ya que se elabora desde 1915. La singularidad de este blanco basado en la Viura reside en el aporte de una pequeña cantidad de manzanilla elaborada según el método tradicional seguido de una crianza biológica bajo velo de flor que aporta al vino unas características notas de fruta blanca y panadería.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The fourth release of the white that follows the classical recipe is the 2017 Monopole Clásico, a white Rioja with a Jerez spirit, produced with early-picked grapes in the warmer 2017 to preserve aromas and freshness. It fermented in stainless steel and was transferred to used barriques and sherry casks with lees for its élevage for eight months. The unusual thing about this wine is that they added a small portion of Manzanilla, a biologically aged Palomino from Sanlúcar de Barrameda. So, the nose has an unmistakably sherry twist, with a touch of curry and esparto grass, a tendency that, in the unusual 2017, makes the wine a little riper than it was in 2016. It is clearly marked by the process, where the challenge is that the sherry character doesn't mask the Rioja origin or the style of the year. It needs to have acidity, so they picked earlier to avoid the danger of over-ripeness. The palate is tasty, with a very pleasant bitter twist in the finish and the textbook salinity and the chalkiness from both places. Fresh for the vintage. 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019.
This is so much fun and one of my favorite whites from Spain. Medium to full body. Nutty and creamy with ripe peach and pine, but always the light, Sherry-cask undertone. Honey and dried fruit at the end. Drink now.
A recreation of a classic white that blends Viura with 12% Manzanilla and is aged in 300 to 500-litre Sherry casks. Wonderfully original, this is salty, yeasty and fresh, nodding towards the Jura as well as Sanlúcar de Barrameda in style to produce a unique, unfortified white in Rioja. 2020-24