Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco, 2014

Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco, 2014

This is a something you rarely find: An inexpensive wine (under $20 before tax!), with enough character and depth to hold your interest that, yes, you’ll go back and buy it again.  That you want to buy again.  This is not a knock-your-socks off powerhouse Rioja, but a patio wine par excellence.  The muted fruit sits on an uber-creamy palate that at times feels as rich as an Alsatian Gewurtz, and at other times a little pasty in the way almond skins stick on the palate.  Banana skin, almond and orange blossom, that pretty much sums it up, it ain’t no Burgundy.  But it’s candy cotton light, low alcohol, easy to drink, and versatile.  It will also please the guests that turn their nose up at Chardonnay and/or Sauv Blanc and/or Pino Grigio.  In my mind, a superb everyday sipper.

 

Price: $20 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

 

Market Liquidity: Easy on the pocketbook, easier on the palate.

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