Bodegas Bhilar Rioja Blanco 2019, RiojaRegular price $20.00
Above everything else, David Sampedro considers himself a vine grower. He displays an intimate knowledge of his vineyards and the soils where they lay, on the outskirts of Elvillar, one of the higher areas in Rioja Alavesa. His vineyards are organically grown since he went solo in 2006 and he is currently working to make them biodynamic under the Demeter certification. As a firm believer of these practices, yields at his vineyards range between 3,000-3,500 kg/hectare (well below the appellation limits) and the only treatments he applies to his plants are sulphur and milk whey. Powered exclusively solar energy -apart from a diesel generator for emergencies- he has installed concrete tanks, wooden vats and French oak barrels of various sizes. He uses horses to work his vineyards, where he only grows native varieties. This wine is destemmed, fermented with native yeast in wooden tank and followed by neutral French oak for another 12 months. Bodegas Bhilar (derived from the Basque word for Elvillar) encompasses his Rioja production, with less than 10,000 bottles for each wine. White Riojas are really excellent pairings with dinner - as they aren’t overly fruity and have some nice structure. This would be delicious with roasted chicken, braised root vegetables, or a creamy pasta dish.