Galilea in the Valle de Ocón, Rioja Baja, was historically very difficult to access to remained relatively isolated from the growing fame and reputation of other areas of the Rioja wine region. It is here that you'll find Nestares Eguizábal, a family-owned winery headed by founder José María Nestares.
The small organic vineyards were planted in 1983 on a plateau between Valle de Ocón and Valle de Jubera at 520-650 metres above sea level, and the winemaking is in the hands of two young oenologists, Alberto Pedrajo and Javier Achutegui. They strive to make distinctive, memorable Rioja wines that reflect their historic provenance and the family's traditions.
José's white Rioja is from a dry-farmed vineyard at 650 metres of altitude. A radical blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc is fermented and aged for 8 months in a mixture of American and French oak barrels.
It's hugely aromatic, with citrus fruits leading to tropical fruits like pineapple, then smoky notes from the barrel ageing. It is fresh and well-rounded on the palate. Gorgeous new take on white Rioja.