I rarely find myself in the Spanish white wine section of my favourite wine shop, but there was something about this bottle that called out to me - an attractive label, an unusual name, Bodegas Palacios Remondo, and the realization that it has "been a while" all piqued my interest. One short web search on my blackberry and I was on my way, $50 poorer and two white Rioja 'richer'.
Bodegas Palacios Remondo is a famous Rioja house, and the 2005 Plácet is a white Rioja made from 100% Viura (aka Macabeo), the most widely planted white grape in Rioja. Gorgeous notes of white flowers, orange, apricot, and nuts leapt out of this pale gold wine, with a subtle hint of buttery oak behind it all. This was an extremely well balanced and elegant white. Rich, but with a lively acidity at the same time. Excellent now, with grilled chicken in a light honey/dijon glaze, this may have a few years of cellar time in it as well. Perhaps the best white I have posted on this site.
Price: C$24.75 (SAQ)