The demanding level that is set in Amaren requires that all the wines are produced in limited quantities. Vine plants are composed of small clusters which make perfect ripening possible with a high concentration of nuances. A wine with great aromatic intensity and elegance.
Color: Straw-yellow in color.
Nose: High aromatic intensity, blended nuances of syrup fruit and cake.
Palate: In the mouth it is smooth and round, with a high complexity of citric flavors (lemon peel), hints of pineapple, pipe tobacco and aromatic plants with a mineral and extremely elegant finish.
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||85% Viura and 15% Malvasia|
|Aging:||Fermented and aged 8 months in Oak barrels.|
Vineyards of over 50 years old.
Fermentation in new, French oak barrels.
Pasta, rice dishes, white meats with light sauces, roasted or grilled fish, seafood, roasted vegetables, foie-gras.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|S1EE344009WBS||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 01596 2||1 07 84585 01596 9||$32.95|
"(all new French oak) Limpid yellow-gold. An expansive bouquet evokes fresh melon, Meyer lemon, peach nectar and buttered toast, with a smoky mineral quality emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic, offering densely packed orchard and citrus fruit and sweet butter flavors and a subtle touch of vanilla. Shows impressive energy and mineral lift on the penetrating, highly persistent finish, which features a sexy floral quality and a mineral flourish.- Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 93 pts
"The barrel-fermented 2016 Blanco Fermentado en Barrica is a classical blend of Viura with 15% Malvasía Riojana, aged with intense work with the lees for ten months. It has plenty of character and is a bit leesy, with a reductive personality. It combines some creamy notes and citrus freshness. The palate is medium-bodied with good freshness and a serious profile. 20,000 bottles were filled in September 2017.- Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Adovcate (Issue #235, February 2018), 90 pts
"A blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia, the 2016 Rioja Barrel Fermented Blanco was, you guessed it, fermented and aged in barrel, all of which were new. It has a rock star nose of lime, white flowers, and honeyed, flinty minerality as well as a medium-bodied, richly textured, balanced style on the palate. The new oak is hardly noticeable, and the wine stays clean and balanced. This is one seriously delicious drink."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 90 pts
"This wine has real energy, freshness and plenty of depth. Ripe, smoothly-rendered fruits, white peach and lemon, and a Chablis-esque, stony finish. Works well. Drink now."
- James Suckling (Spain Tasting Report 2017), 92 pts
"Pale gold. Ripe pear and nectarine aromas show excellent clarity, picking up a lemon zest nuance and turning livelier with air. Silky, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors given lift and spine by smoky minerality. A suave vanilla note comes up on the fragrant, extremely persistent finish, which leaves behind a juicy Meyer lemon note. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 91 pts
"Light, bright yellow. An expressive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh pear, tangerine, ginger and honeysuckle, with a minerally element adding vibrancy and lift. Sappy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering juicy, deeply concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors plus a hint of smokiness. Shows intense mineral and floral character on the clinging finish, which shows excellent tenacity. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2015), 91 pts
"The 2011 Barrel Fermented White is fermented and aged for eight months in oak barrels and has a clean and precise nose with notes of pear, chamomile, pollen and fennel. The medium to full-bodied palate shows ripe flavors but plenty of acidity, in a wine that is both big and delicate. It should age well. Drink 2014-2017. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #210, December 2013), 91 pts
"(85% viura and 15% malvasia): Light yellow. Waxy pear and orange pith aromas show very good power, with a bright mineral overlay adding energy. Incisive and uncompromisingly dry on the palate, showing broad but nicely focused flavors of citrus fruits, pear skin and honeysuckle. Finishes silky and quite long, leaving candied ginger and honey flavors in its wake."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 91 pts
"The 2011 Rioja Blanco Fermentado en Barrica is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia. Fermented and aged in oak for eight months, it is subtly fragrant with orchard fruit, flowers, ginger and oak. It is soft on the attack and well balanced with fresh and savory fruit flavors on the palate, good acidity, and a very nice finish. Bodegas Amarén is owned by Bodegas Luis Cañas."
- I-WineReview (Report 43: Rioja - A New Look), 90 pts