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2015 Marqués de Murrieta "Capellanía" Blanco Rioja SKU #1466126

Price: $29.99

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is great wine. It effortlessly does everything that great wine can do. It tastes specifically of where it is from. It is made from old vine fruit grown in a single vineyard. That single vineyard is in a region renowned from making great wines for centuries. It spent 15 month in new French oak barrels, now that can be a tricky thing for some people and for them it is mitigated by being stored at least a year in bottle before release and in this case it has already seen a full three years in bottle. (A quick aside, thank you Rioja. Thank you for maintaining a tradition of wine that keeps wine from entering the market too immediately.) This is already a fully realized wine, it will age beautifully for a long time, but there is no need to wait and put it in your cellar, just drink it. Imagine buying a premier cru white burgundy from a great producer where the wine was stored in their cellar for years before release, how expensive would that be?! This is a tremendous value. This wine feels like a great wine. It is textural and rich with tension and drive. It smells and tastes like a great wine. It is effortlessly complex, by that I mean that there are many layers and a huge range of flavors but it is not overwhelming they all work together to every component. it is just fun to smell and taste, you do not need food but what a dinner companion! This has been a take-out champion in my house. Half a bottle with Indian one night, second half with Persian, that was two weeks ago for me. This wine will go with almost everything, and it will immediately elevate everything. The best and most important thing about this wine is it just tastes good! It is intellectually satisfying but it is just delicious.
  • Shelby Griffiths
    By: Shelby Griffiths
    K&L Staff Member
    I believe that an exceptionally crafted white Rioja is one of the greatest gems to discover in the world of wine, and Marques de Murrieta has hit the nail on the head with this vintage of 'Capellanía'. Beautiful textural finesse highlights the balance of the wines structure & brightness. Bursting with notes of lemon verbena, quince, crushed rocks, salinity and creamy chamomile, Capellania would be a great addition now for a sea bass dinner with a cream sauce. But this wine has great potential to cellar, and those who can resist the urge to enjoy all of it now will certainly be rewarded.
  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    Murrieta's Capellania represents a benchmark for white Rioja wine, and this might be the finest vintage I've tasted yet. Boasting marvelous tension, it rivals white Burgundy twice the price in its poise and texture. Citrus and stone fruit sit atop a brioche-like layer of toasty lees with a saline edge. Creamy vanilla adds depth and gentle wood tannin provides solid structure, while a slightly herbal finish makes the ideal partner for the abundant acid and fruit. This would be a dream with poached cod or a cheese plate (complete with aged Manchego), but I highly recommend cracking one open for your next sushi dinner. Whether with food or by itself, you'll enjoy this bottle for years to come.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    White Rioja is unbelievable when done well, and arguably nobody does it better than Marques de Murrieta. They are staunch defenders of historic white production techniques for the region, and Murrieta's "Capellania" continues that tradition. Rich, powerful and incredibly aromatic, the juice is still focused with intense precision throughout the palette. Aggressively crushable, but also deserving of some careful aging, this is rare stuff. Lemon Meringue and custard on the front, fading into a slight white stone and saline mid, and ending with a bone dry, herbal finish. Absolute Fire.


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