Sunday, May 20, 2007

2005 Placet Rioja (White)

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.
13.5% alcohol
Score: 18/20
Price: C$24.75 (SAQ)

5 comments:

Brooklynguy said...

Hi Joe,
I had a glass of this at a wine bar a few months ago and LOVED it. I went back for another the next week. I like Remondo's red very much too.

Brooklynguy said...

Hi Joe,
I had a glass of this at a wine bar a few months ago and LOVED it. I went back for another the next week. I like Remondo's red very much too.

Joe said...

Hi Brooklyn. Funny how I drink a fair amount of Spanish red, but never the Remondo - I will try it next time. Cheers!
Hi Brooklyn. Funny how I drink a fair amount of Spanish red, but never the Remondo - I will try it next time. Cheers!

Brooklynguy said...

Very funny!
Very funny!

Joe said...

Sorry, couldn't resist :)