5 White wines aged in the barrel for your enjoyment. Don´t miss out!

Creaminess, structure and versatility in perfect partnership… All this, and so much more, this is what white wines aged in oak barrels can offer us. A type of wine that is surely not as well known by the public in comparison to young white wines, but these are still without a doubt worthy of our absolute devotion.

For all this, in Decántalo we have thought about 5 great suggestions of white wines aged in the barrel, these wines are ideal to enjoy with an endless amount of great food for a special occasion, and I am sure that you will love them. So don´t miss out!

Reflections of wine in a glass. Image by  Northsky79  (CC BY 2.0)

One of the main characteristics of white wines aged in oak barrels, the wines are slightly darker in colour, this is due to the phenolic compounds present in the wine.

On the other hand, the notes most commonly used to describe wines that have been exposed to oak barrels include, other than fruity, are tertiary aromas, such as caramel, cream, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon or even smokey.

Would you like to discover some great white wines that have been aged for one year in the barrel, typically called ‘crianza’ in Spanish. let us give you 5 of our best recommendations that we think that you shouldn’t miss:

Muga Fermentado en Barrica Blanco 2014. A fantastic blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasía (as it should be in the Rioja), fermented in the barrel and aged on its lees for 3 monthsIt is surprisingly fruity with a sweet base. A great option. 

1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes 2013. One of the white wines that most represents Rías Baixas. 100% Albariño fermented in barrel and aged for 4 months on its lees (2 additional months in an iron tank), carrying out repeated batonnages, this aids the wine to become creamy and fuller on the palate. A very elegant wine. 

Marqués de Riscal Limousin 2013. This is a perfect example from the varietal Verdejo in oak. The wine completes an ageing process of around 6 months (Crianza) in French oak from Allier, known worldwide for its fine pores that give the wine one of the best quantity of different aromas. Unctuous, dry fruit and notes of toasted wood. Perfect to be accompanied with fish or white meats.

Mas d‘en Compte Blanc 2010.  A splendid blend from a wide range of white varieties (White grenache, Macabeo, Picapoll and Xarel-lo), aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels. Strong and warming, structured, complex, sweet and wide on the palate… A wine for that special occasion.

Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco 2001. We return to Rioja, the birth place where we first started the list of recommendations, we propose this WHITE CRIANZA WINE, yes, it is in capital letters. Why? Because its 72 months (Yes, 72) of care and nurturing makes this Tondonia Reserva Blanco a wine highly structured, with hints of aromas that are difficult to explain if you have never enjoyed it before. A must to try.

These are only some suggestions, the list is endless! What is your favourite white?

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