Oxer Bastegieta, Rioja Blanco 'Iraun' 2011, Spain
What a lovely nose: there is a deal of oak here, of vanilla and gentle creaminess, but it is also fragrant and delicate, woven through the lime and ripe orchard fruits and with a burgeoning sense of minerality. In the mouth it is textured and full, again a little vanilla in the weighty mouth-feel, but masses of taut, mineral salt-licked precision too, with dry apple core acidity and hints of orange and lime peel giving some extra texture and dimension. A really stylish white Rioja this, subtle in its way despite the oak, 14.5% alcohol and impressive concentration. 92/100.