2011 CVNE Viña Real Rioja Blanco, Alavesa, Rioja

( £9.99, 13%, Majestic )

By the very oaky standards of some white Riojas, this is comparatively light on the barrel influence. It’s a subtle, lightly smoky Viura with a herbal touch and well integrated vanilla oak. The palate is fresh, yet textured, with good length and a savoury finish. 

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