It’s finally here! The first time we have ever had access to this delicious white wine from Florentino Martínez Monje of Bodegas Luberri.
In Spain’s wine community, Florentino is somewhat of a legend. His big personality and fun nature can sometimes overshadow what a great agronomist he is.
While red wines are at the heart of the Rioja region of Spain, white wine production is also important. Much of the white wine from Rioja you taste comes from the Rioja Alta subregion, which makes this wine even more interesting to try. Luberri is based in Rioja Alavesa, the Basque part of the region. Most of Florentino’s vineyards are between the villages of Elciego and Laguardia.
“Zuri,” which means “white” in Basque, is made from 80% Viura and 20% Malvasia, from vines between 30 and 50 years old. The soil is largely sandy-calcareous clay soil. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine is kept on its lees for two months with some stirring to help add texture and complexity to the wine.
Beautiful aromatics of pear skin and lemon zest, and a real salty character. Crisp and vibrant, yet with nice texture in the midpalate. Roasted turbot with olive oil and garlic confit would be an ideal match. Don’t miss this!
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