"Some years ago, during a tasting at our winery, a participant asked about our old style Monopole. This wine had a lengthy barrel ageing in old oak and a profile contrary to the modern, fruity whites made mostly everywhere nowadays. This gentleman had fond memories of this wine. Sure, he liked the current Monopole, but he missed that old style.
From the early 20th century to the 70s, Monopole was a staple of homes and restaurants across Spain. It was one of CVNE´s main wines. Sadly, fashion turned against it, sales fell, and production in this style ceased in the 80s. Fresh, fine, bone dry, this wine had the peculiarity and originality of having some barrel ageing with a percentage of Sherry wine, with written permission from the Rioja appellation. The Sherry added structure to the Rioja white, while they both integrated harmoniously in barrel and later in bottle.
A bottle of this old Monopole was searched for in the Haro winery´s cemetery. A solitary 1979 bottle appeared. The wine was savoury, very fresh, balanced, delicious. On the spot, the decision was made: we would make this wine again, as it had been made historically. We called Ezequiel Garcia, CVNE winemaker from the 40s until the 70s, to invite him back to help us produce that wine again. Ezequiel, aka ?the wizard´ and now in his eighties, had no doubts and said Yes straight away. Monopole Clásico is the story of a remake, 40 years on; this time, with the original director as guest star. And this time, handmade and in small quantities, to best ignore the whims of fashion. The wines´ ageing contributes to its peculiar organoleptic characteristics, adding aromas of chamomile, dried fruits, and a long and persistent aftertaste. The marked acidity increases Monopole Clásico´s freshness."
"When they showed this 2014 Monopole Clásico, it blew me away, reminding me to the more serious bottlings of 40 and 50 years ago. They have produced this wine like it was done in the good old times, adding some Manzanilla Sherry, they top up the Viura with Manzanilla purchased from the Hidalgo family of Sanlúcar. Not only did they add the wine, they purchased the wine in bota, so the wine is also aged in sherry casks."
(Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 226#, robertparker.com)
|Flaschengröße:||75 cl - Bouteille, Normalflasche|
|Typ:||Weißwein Weißwein trocken|
|Ausbau:||Mind. 8 Monate im großen Holz|
|Boden:||Stark kalk- und eisenhaltiger Lehmboden|
|Alkoholgehalt:||13,5 % vol|
|Abgefüllt von:||Compañia Vinicola Del Norte De España, Sa, Carretera Logroño (laguardia),Laguardia, 01300, Araba/Alava, Spanien|