2014 Honorío Rubio "Lías Finas" Blanco Rioja SKU #1326220


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Tasting Notes

Honorío Rubio is a Riojano white wine specialist. In a land best known for its incredibly age-worthy reds, among many die-hards out there it is undoubtedly the traditional whites which represent Rioja's finest and most original wines. These days, outside of Lopez de Heredia (whose whites are increasingly difficult to find) and the odd older bottles of Ygay Blanco, traditional white Rioja is tough to find. That's why we are so excited to be selling the wines of our newest DI producer, Honorío Rubio. Based in the high altitude Rioja Alta village of Cordovín, Honorío Rubio has spectacular Viura and Malvasa vine holdings, planted in iron rich clay soils, and chooses to turn them into classic, traditional white Rioja. Lias Finas reminds me a bit of a less oaky, more steely and Burgundian Viña Gravonia. Mineral, saline, yellow fruited and somewhere at the crossroads of Roulot, Equipo Navazos Manzanilla and a bygone era of oak aged Rioja whites. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish & Portuguese wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't drink enough Spanish white wines, but whenever I do, I tend to fall in love with them easily. The Lias Finas is one of those bottles, mellow acidity and just a touch of funk, this blanco is very enjoyable on it's own, although I could imagine enjoying this with chicken fajitas. Definitely worth a whirl.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Our second vintage of the lias finas, the 2014 is similarly driven by an old fashioned aesthetic towards white wine making in Rioja. That and lees, lots of lees. No stirring, simply a large amount acccumulated in a concrete tank. There is barrel ageing too of course, though the oak is nicely integrated and will continue to meld into the background as Lias Finas continues to age in bottle. Aromas and flavors of quince, apricot, and gentle oak spices present themselves over a broad, rich textural frame, which makes this wine complex, delicious, and very food friendly. While this isn't quite as much of a throwback style as his multi-vintage Añadas blend, it certainly is a nod to the old days when patiently barrel aged white Riojas were more the rule rather than the exception. Highly recommended.


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