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Apr 5, 2013 08:41 PM


We just got back from a truly amazing trip to Spain. We had our special meal at Etxebarri and we were totally blown away. With the exception of some older white Riojas, I have lately been preferring French whites with more refined or sophisticated dishes. We had a bottle of white though from a producer called Remelluri that was really special though. It was certainly bright with nice enough acidity to take us through the many courses of the meal but it also had some real heft to it, I'm wondering if it's because of the Chardonnay? We followed with a glass of red and again, it was complex and most importantly, had none of the slight jaminess I feel I notice in younger Riojas lately.

Anyway, I'm interested in learning more about these wines and I'm looking for a place to taste or buy them here in NYC.

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  1. The 2006 Remelluri is my favourite Spanish white. Kind of like a blend of a Rhone white and a Burgundy. Certainly the Rhone aspect dominates a lot more than the Chardonnay bit. A beautiful wine.

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    1. re: Asomaniac

      That makes sense. We've been having more Rhone whites lately and perhaps that's why it was so nice for us. Do you like their reds at all? Thanks,

      1. re: JeremyEG

        Astor Wines used to carry the white though I have not seen it there recently. You can check with them. They usually have the red reserva. I've always enjoyed them.

        1. re: JeremyEG

          Yes, absolutely - the reds are very decent. However, the white is a lot more special and unique. The red is a good but not unusual Rioja, the white is everything but the usual viura coming out of the region.

      2. I don't know what vintage you had of the Remelluri Rioja Blanco, but the wine is a blend of Garnacha Blanca, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel and Petit Courbut, ranging between 10-90 years of age. Fermented on indigenous years, it is aged in oak and glass tanks for some 17 months prior to bottling.

        Remelluri wines are highly regarded. They are imported into the US by DeMaison Selections in North Carolina. You should contact the New York state wholesaler -- T. Edward Wines -- they can tell you what retailer(s) in NYC carry the wines.

        T. Edward Wines
        66 W Broadway Suite 406
        New York, NY 10007
        Tel: 212-233-1504
        Fax: 646-349-5073

        Email Karen Ulrich at:

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        1. re: zin1953

          What about us poor deprived folk out here on the left coast Jason? Would love to find a bottle or two.



          1. re: PolarBear

            Contact Estate Wines, Ltd.
            124 Paul Drive, Suite 106
            San Rafael, CA 94903
            Tel: 415.492.9411
            Fax: 415.492.9427