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2005 Tobia Rioja Alma de Tobia

  • 2005 Tobia Rioja Alma de Tobia – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (10/4/2006)
    50% Malvasia, 40% Viura, 10% other grapes – Fermented in French oak barrels, stirred on it’s lees for 4 months. Sample bottle sent to me from the Bodega.
    Not sure how to describe this one. Very clear as you pour it into the glass, almost steely and water like in color. The nose is almost as austere at first but really begins to give way to a great fruit/floral thing. Fresh peach flesh sits in the background as flavors of light melon, white flowers(honey suckle?), and soft unobtrusive wood come forward. I REALLY don’t like oak fermented whites, and yet I find I really like this. In the mouth the flavors are balanced by a bright acidity and though fully dry the glycerin gives the mouth a nice weight. Flavors of peach, pear, and creamy vanilla(another flavor I dislike in whites) meld softly in the mouth with great balance and finishing with light melon notes. Melon is a flavor that I stamp this wine with in the end, but the flavors that build to it are what makes this fun. Very surprising!
    4 grape