Fans of something different in white wine should check-out this Vintages offering from Spain. It’s medium-bodied with an interesting blend of oaky/vanilla, slightly oxidized, and exuberant freshness. Yin and yang all over the place! The feeling is very old-world ““ think savoury, earthy, with moderate alcohol. Certainly a change of pace from fruity, pleasant, and rich whites. I can see good partnership with herb-roasted white meats. The Viura grape is widely planted in Spain but the name seldom appears on the label.

BODEGAS ONTANON “˜Vetiver’ 14 Viura, Rioja, Spain 437707 Vintages $14.95

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