Solarce Blanco

"We try to do a true translation of our vineyard's speech in terms of wine with the grapes it gives us, thus Solarce Blanco combines all the grape varieties we grow in our vineyards of Cogotillos, Presas and Manantíos" —
Winemaker's note
Rioja D.O.Ca.
50% Chardonnay, 30% Malvasia, 10% Viura, 10% Tempranillo Blanco; all estate-grown fruit
520-600 meters / chalky clay soils
Farming Methods
Organic methods, Vegan
Hand harvested into small boxes
Chardonnay was fermented in 600L oak vats, other varieties were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
Chardonnay was aged for 6 months in 225L new French barrel, the other varieties rested in stainless tank prior to final blending
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Wine Name
Solarce Blanco 2016
90 (VM) 89 (I-WR) 88+ (VfC) 88 (JS)
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90 Vinous Media (fermented and aged in a combination of 600 liter French oak barrels and stainless steels tanks) Bright yellow. Fresh melon, tangerine and honeysuckle on the fragrant nose. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy honeydew and orchard fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter orange zest nuance that builds with aeration. Closes with very good, tangy lift and floral-tinged persistence, leaving a subtle floral note behind.
2019 - 2023
"Rioja Looks Back and Ahead" - February 21, 2019
89 International Wine Review A blend of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Malvasia, 10% Viura and 10% Tempranillo Blanco, the Solarce Blanco is sourced from organic vineyards and fermented in large format oak barrels and temperature controlled inox. The Chardonnay is aged 6 months in new barriques. Medium yellow-straw, it reveals a lovely perfumed nose with stone fruit and lemon citrus, It is soft on the attack with firm acidity and a reserved palate. Good structure and a nice long finish.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
88+ View from the Cellar The Rioja Blanco “Solarce” from Bodegas Casa La Rad is composed of an unorthodox blend of fifty percent Chardonnay, thirty percent Malvasia and ten percent each of Viura and Tempranillo Blanco. The chardonnay portion of the blend is barrel-fermented and raised in French oak, while the remainder of the blend is fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks prior to blending in preparation for bottling. The 2016 version of Solarce offers up a unique and complex blend of apple, a touch of casaba melon, coriander seed, salty soil tones, a hint of beeswax and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe and focused, with good depth at the core, fine acids and a fair bit of new oak that has not yet quite integrated completely into the wine. There is fine depth here, but the wine is still on the young side and needs a bit of bottle age to better integrate its components. With time, it will be a good drink, though with half its cépages made up of chardonnay, this does not have a classical white Rioja profile. 2019-2030.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
88 This is bathed in sweet and spicy oak. There are violets and purple-fruit aromas below, but the wood really dominates. The palate is long and juicy with a rich, plum and berry core and roasted coconut to close. Drink now or hold.
August 2018
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Solarce Blanco 2017
90+ (VfC) 90 (TA) 90 (JS)
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90+ View from the Cellar The Solarce Blanco bottling from Bodegas Casa La Rad is composed of a unique blend of fifty percent Chardonnay, thirty percent Malvasia and ten percent each of Viura and Tempranillo Blanco. The grapes are all grown in organically-farmed vineyards. The chardonnay here is barrel-fermented and aged six months in new French casks, with the other varieties fermented and aged in stainless steel. The 2017 Solarce offers up a complex bouquet of pear, lemon, salty soil tones, white flowers and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, fullbodied, focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, and a long, zesty and gently new oaky finish. It is hard to get used to a white Rioja being half chardonnay, but the wine has good Rioja soil tones and is really quite well made. 2020-2040.
Issue #86 - March/April 2020
90 Tim Atkin MW The altitude of the vineyards at Casa La Rad, located between 550 and 675 metres, is well suited to the production of white wines in the Rioja Oriental. Produced from lightly wooded Viura with 30% Chardonnay and Verdejo, this is leesy, well balanced and finely oaked with pear and citrus fruit flavours. 2020-23.
Rioja 2020 Special Report; February 2020
90 A well-poised white, showing some aromas of chamomile, loquat, light reduction and bread crust. Medium-to full-bodied with some handy depth and texture, as well as a fruit-driven finish. Drink now.
November 2019
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