2015 Campo Viejo Blanco, Rioja White Wine
This vino Blanco is a blend of Viura with a little Tempranillo Blanco, all fermented and aged in stainless steel tank to preserve the freshness of the fruit characters.
This Rioja white wine comes in a very bright and shiny lemon yellow color, very yellow and indulging to look at like a lemon.
The nose also talks the lemon language, zesty lemon aromas and lime are lifted by some white pepper which gives it even more lightness and somewhat of a spiciness to the smell. This impression of freshness is accentuated by vegetal notes of acacia or other leaves, like when you cut a tree leaf and smell the section. Lifted, spicy, and somewhat green, but enjoyable as it smells like nature.
On the palate, this is rather light-bodied, with a good acidity. Nothing outstanding or really interesting, but the overall balance is good staying on a refreshing, well made, and approachable style that is easy to appreciate and enjoy.
Some green phenolics tighten your taste buds to the finish, and give it a little bitterness that complements the light honey flavors. This makes your mouth salivate rather positively, and suggests this is a wine made for pairing with food.
I can see how this will joyfully match with not-too-strong Asian dishes, Japanese comes to mind. But it also feels this would be a good partner to subtle tapas entrees and simple seafood dishes, for an approachable refreshing citrus tasting sensation that goes so well with this type of cuisine.