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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > SPAIN: Rioja, White

Winner Details

Spain: Rioja - White

2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 0 Bronze: 2 Commended: 4
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 2 Bronze: 4 Commended: 1

For a category that has been on something of a roll in the Sommelier Wine Awards over the past few years, culminating in three Golds last year, this was a bit of a disappointment. Tasters seemed somewhat conflicted about the whole modern versus traditional debate, and the wines rather got caught in the crossfire.

Well done to Bodegas Baigorri, though, for upgrading from Silver last year to Gold in 2016.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘This was not an easy flight but I started to feel more positive halfway through.’ Zigmars Grinbergs, Vinoteca

‘At the more expensive end of the flight we saw that more traditional style. The cheap end was very fruity and not much to it.’ Laure Patry, Social Wine & Tapas

‘There are more interesting modern styles of herby Riojas. I wouldn’t want just a modern style though – you need both modern and traditional.’ Devon Pryor, Blandford Comptoir

Award winners

Found 7 wines

Spain: White Rioja

Baigorri, Barrel Fermented, Blanco, 2013, Rioja , Spain

Gold medal winner

From Silver for the 2014 in 2015, to Gold for the 2013, age obviously suits Baigorri's barrel-fermented blanco, with its delightful apricot and tart peach notes and lengthy finish. Devon Pryor of Blandford Comptoir found 'sunned hay, bruised golden apples on a savoury, floral palate with good texture', while Laure Patry of Social Wine & Tapas highlighted its 'almonds, floral notes, full toasty palate with herbal notes and well-integrated oak'.

£14.64 Matthew Clark

Solagüen, Blanco, 2015, Rioja , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Very good,' began Vinoteca's Zigmars Grinbergs, noting: 'Juicy spice and complexity, notes of white flowers and camomile.' 'Only slight notes of the barrel, sawdusty on the palate with Asian pear and bitter almond complexity,' said Devon Pryor of Blandford Comptoir.

£6.43 Eurowines

Valenciso, Barrel Fermented, White, 2014, Rioja , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'The oaky influence brings vanilla, cinnamon and extra complexity, with a toasty balance,' began Vinoteca's Zigmars Grinbergs, while Gabriele Galuppo of Theo Randall at the InterContinental found it 'a more buttery, flowery style with freshness, balance and minerality'.

£11.50 Boutinot

Muriel, Viña Muriel, Reserva, Blanco, 2011, Rioja , Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.65 Moreno Wines

Vintae , Bodega Classica, Heredad de Tejada, Blanco, 2014, Rioja , Spain

Commended medal winner

£7.25 Enotria&Coe

Valdemar, Inspiración, Alto Cantabria, Tempranillo Blanco, 2015, Rioja , Spain

Commended medal winner

Valdemar, Conde Valdemar, Viura/Verdejo, 2015, Rioja , Spain

Commended medal winner