In our quest to discover new wines beyond California and the west coast, we have tried some really great, and for us, unusual wines. One recent discovery was the 2012 Cune Monopole White Rioja Wine from Spain.
Made of 100% Viura, this wine is very crisp and light in color with a fairly neutral palate. The nose is very aromatic, with notes of pear, melon and a hint of floral. There were bright citrus flavors on the front, fading to lemon/lime, and little stone fruit on the finish. Very refreshing, and an easy drinker. It is nice all on its own, and paired very nicely with grilled chicken and zucchini along with a tomato salad. A fun summer wine, and very reasonable retailing at about $12 – look for it at Specs, or other large wine retail stores near you!