The 2013 Viura is probably the varietal white that shows the impact of wood more, given that the varietal is quite neutral, comes from older vines on clay and chalk soils and is fermented in new, fresh oak barrels where it matured in contact with the lees for five months. The nose is a mixture of white fruit with shy notes of flowers and a spicy, oaky undertone. The palate is ultra tasty with an entry that feels salty and makes you salivate, At the same time it has the volume and texture similar in a way to the Garnacha Blanca. The nose grows with aromas of basil and even pollen, perhaps beeswax. This is slightly cheaper, and as good (or better!) as all the others. 3,040 bottles produced.
Abel Mendoza, one of the few vignerons working in Rioja, offers limited quantities of varietal whites produced with ancient varieties and a white blend that summarizes it all, plus some exceptional reds, modern and well-oaked, some of them too oaky for my taste. I hope they have enough depth and concentration to absorb it in the bottle. However, with the work he does in his vineyards, if the elevage was more respectful of the wines they would surely be one step above what they are today. At the time of writing this he has no distribution in the U.S. Score: 93 points -- Wine Advocate, Apr 2015