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 (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 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 (VM) 90 (TA) 90 (WB) 90 (JS) **1/2 (WP)
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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 Vinous Media Light, bright yellow. Smoke-tinged aromas of pineapple, nectarine, orange and jasmine on the perfumed nose. Silky, focused and spicy on the palate, offering fresh citrus and pit fruit flavors and a touch of vanilla. In a juicy, energetic style, delivering firm closing thrust and a lingering floral note. Raised in a combination of new French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks. 2021 – 2025
Josh Raynolds - April 2021
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 Washington Wine Blog The 2017 ‘Solarce’ is mainly comprised of Chardonnay and Malvasia Blanco. Right away this shows a soft mouthfeel and wonderful feel of tension that runs through the core of salted Marcona almond, kiwi, pink grapefruit and vanilla undertones. With great length and freshness, this has some good aging potential. Drink 2020-2027.
Dr. Owen J. Bargreen, CS - July 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
**1/2 The Washington Post Score: 2.5 Stars (Exceptional/Excellent)
White Rioja ages extraordinarily well, and if you find a restaurant offering an older vintage of R. Lopez de Heredia, it is well worth a splurge. This younger example is an intriguing blend based on chardonnay and malvasia, seasoned by some viura and tempranillo blanco. Powerful at its core, the wine seems to implode on itself. Delicious, with scents of talc and white flowers. Buy a bottle to try now, and a few more to forget about for a few years to let the wine open up. ABV: 12.5 percent.

"Keep Summer Vibes Going a Little Longer With This $15 Crisp Spanish Rosé" - Sep. 4, 2020
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Solarce Blanco 2019
92 (VfC) 91 (TA)
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92 View from the Cellar The Solarce Blanco bottling from Casa La Rad is a modern version of Rioja Blanco, as this wine is made from a rather untraditional cépages of fifty percent chardonnay, thirty percent malvasia and ten percent each of viura and tempranillo blanco. The chardonnay is barrelfermented and aged in casks, with the rest of the blend fermented and raised in stainless steel tanks. The 2019 Solarce offers up a very pretty nose of lemon, casaba melon, salty soil tones, white flowers and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and nicely light on its feet, with a good core and mineral drive, zesty acids and lovely balance on the long and youthfully complex finish. This is really a very well-made wine that is long on Rioja character, despite its fifty percent chardonnay in the blend. It is quite approachable today, though still a bit tightly-knit, and will be even better with a bit of bottle age. Impressive. 2022-2035.
John Gilman – Issue 98 March/April 2022
91 Tim Atkin MW Casa La Rad is one of my favourite producers in the Rioja Oriental. This assemblage of Viura with 50% Chardonnay, Tempranillo Blanco and Malvasía, aged in 500-litre French oak, is typically inventive, appealingly balancing pineapple sweetness with grapefruity acidity and scented spices. 2021-24
Tim Atkin; Rioja Report - February 2021
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