The genre of classic white Rioja is very small.  In fact, until recently, the only real bearer of this cross was Lopéz de Heredia with it’s Gravonia and Tondonia whites.  And while these still remain the archetypes of traditional white Rioja’s, there have been some welcome new additions.  Marqués de Murrieta’s Capellania springs to mind, but that only made two.  Now there is Bodegas Indiano – El Brozal entering the fray with a fantastic classically styled Rioja Blanco; a field blend of Viura, Moscatel, Malvasia, Garnacha Blanca, and Jaen.  Produced in small quantities (182 6-pack cases, 100 for the U.S) from a biodynamic single vineyard, El Brozal Blanco is not as readily available as Lopéz de Heredia or Murrieta, but it is worth seeking out as it is a worthy player in a small field.  And then there were three.

El Brozal – Bodegas Indiano, 2009 Rioja Blanco ~$31.99

Lemony jewel tones sparkle from the glass with a mix of lemon curd and almond cake topped with lemon zest.  There is a slightly oily texture that hints at the ocean.  On the second day the wine comes together even more suggesting it should age quite nicely.  A welcome addition to the classic white Rioja genre.  Purchased at Chambers Street Wines.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED