Mirando al Sur – Wine Advocate – 92 Points
The 2013 Mirando al Sur is a very unusual white Rioja, produced with Viura grapes, yes, but matured in Sherry casks, which gives it an unmistaken Andalusian twang. It’s pure Viura from old vines on stony soils of the village of Laguardia. The full clusters were pressed and the juice let to settle and put to ferment in oak foudres with indigenous yeasts, where it was kept for six months. The wine was then transferred to one ‘bota’ where it was kept for one year. The wine has been in bottle for one year and it has a lot of nutty aromas, with something yeasty (bread dough?), hints of quince paste, sweet spices and cloves, quite aromatic and certainly different. The palate is fresher than what the nose points out, with very tasty flavors. There is less effect of the Sherry barrel in this 2013 than in the initial 2012. It’s a fascinating wine.