2014 Laventura Viura Rioja SKU #1297740


RP 90
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K&L Notes

A new K&L Direct Import! Native South African Bryan MacRobert grew up in a farming family, and has been quietly making some of that country's best value wines. He fell in love with a girl from Rioja as well as the region's wines (we forget in which order) but quickly became fascinated with the inimitable terroirs and endless potential for wines in the region. A proponent not only of organic viticulture, but also a strong believer in the importance of legacy organically cultivated vines on top quality sites, Bryan is picky about where he grows and sources vines. The winemaking is no frills but clearly well thought out and opinionated; think lots of smaller cement vats and wood in sizes greater than 225l barriques. He's a fan of Stockinger cooperage. Particularly with the whites, these are wines where transparency, minerality and acidity drive the style. Bryan is a huge fan of Rioja white wines, and gives them the true respect that they deserve! This 2014 Viura is fantastic, with the combination of weight, richly intense fruit, minerality and acid that should see it through years of agening. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the store for white wine. The textural refinement combined with refreshing, vibrant fruit and acidity make for a complete and delicious wine that stands out at nearly every tasting we've had. And not just telling the folks next to me that I enjoyed it, but folks from all three stores rallying to this wine because they had the same enthusiastic "we need to get the word out" type reaction. Every bit as good as the instantly sold-out 2013 vintage, but more attractively priced. This is a must-try wine for any palate.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Dollar for dollar, for my money, this is the best white wine we have. Old vine Viura, complemented with heirloom varieties such as Malvasia and Calagraño, fermented and aged in Stockinger foudres for 18+ months, mineral as all get out yet also rich in the mid-palate with the length of a (very good) $40 white Burgundy. This stuff is fantastic. Proprietor/vigneron Bryan MacDonald's star is on the rise, and I would suggest that now is the time to get acquainted with this spectacular white wine. Load up for drinking now and for your cellar if you've got the room; this wine will age.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    This white Rioja is strikingly unique. Mostly a blend of Viura (~90%) with the remaining 10% being composed of a field blend of Malvasia, Garnacha Blanca, and Calagraño. Initially, it struck me as being quite reminiscent of White Burgundy. Aromas of stone fruit and pear upfront, with a bouquet of white florals and minerality. Yellow orchard fruit and white peach on the palate with lively acidity. Subtly rich and quite balanced. Drinking as if it was a $40 bottle, a truly great deal for under $20
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm not sure how to express this sentiment without seeming hyperbolic, but here goes. Simply put, this is among the best K&L direct import white wines I've ever tasted in my ten year career with the company. Not only does this viura wine (viura is the white varietal in Rioja) deliver textural richness, minerality, complexity, and fineness of flavor, it does it all for a price that I can't seem to wrap my head around. Pound for pound, I would put this wine up with some of the $40 St. Aubin chardonnay wines we see from Burgundy and some of the leesier Chablis wines from Grand Cru sites. It's a shocking wine, one that tastes at least double the price, if not triple. There is a simple grace to the Laventura, one that finishes with layers of soft stone fruit, mineral notes, and the absolute perfect balance of acidity. It's the kind of wine I would buy cases of cases of, while continuing to sell cases and cases to my best customers. Ultimately, I'm someone who get's more excited about a great deal than a great wine. In this case, you're getting both. Dollar for dollar, I'm not sure we've ever carried a better white wine for the price. My highest possible recommendation.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    New Wave Rioja producer, Laventura are making energetic, fresh and terroir-driven wines that are worth paying attention to. This mouthwatering expression mixes pretty floral aromatics with a hint of stone fruit, and salinity framed with perky acidity and round mouthfeel. This is clean, delicious drinking and super recommended!


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