La Antigua 2013 Clasico Blanco, Rioja DOCa Vinous Rating: 90 (11/1/2015)
Spicy and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense orchard and pit fruit aromas that are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering sappy nectarine and pear flavors and a suggestion of orange pith. Finishes dry, chewy, stony and very long, with building spiciness and a touch of fennel.
La Antigua 2013 Clasico Blanco, Rioja DOCa The Wine Advocate Rating: 87 (11/29/2015)
A sleeper selection and very Chablis-like with its crisp minerality, white citrus and quince, the Burgundian-style, mid-weight 2013 Clasico Blanco from Rioja is made from 80% Viura and 20% white Grenache from chalky, limestone soils. The wine was aged 14 months in a combination of French and American cooperage. This would be an interesting wine to put into a blind tasting of Premier Cru Chablis to see how it would fare. Drink it over the next several years.