The collected wine-tastings & wine-ramblings of one who prefers to describe wines with metaphors, not percentages

Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco review

The green and gold label of Marques de Caceres' white Rioja — rather lacking in design style

Take a look at the label. What do you reckon? Any reaction? Any strong feelings?

Or just a blank expression? A shrug?

Yeah. Slightly ugly in an unremarkable kind of way, right? Not horrific. Just mediocre.

Well, in this case, it turns out that label and wine aren’t far from being in accord. Because this is a fairly unremarkable wine. Not offensive, but, really, I can’t see too much of a reason to buy it.

It’s a bit empty, a bit veggy, a bit harsh and globby. Not much finesse. Sure, it’s got a fair old bit of presence around the sides and back of your trap, but it’s conspicuously lacking the dance, the verve, the pizzazz at the front.

And I’m all about the dance. The verve. The pizzazz.

It’s trying to be fruity & summery — but if it’s fruity & summery you’re gagging for, you’d be better off (at this kind of price) with something like Sainsbury’s Gruner Veltliner or Benny D’s Picpoul de Pinet from Naked Wines.

For the price, I guess it’s acceptable (I wouldn’t complain), but — at the same time — there’s better to be had. And better labels, too.

Rating ★★ 2 stars (average)
Region Rioja
Grape Viura
ABV 12.5%
Price £7.99 from Majestic; £6.99 if you buy a couple.

8 Comments to Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco review

  1. July 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    It looks like you deliberately took a bad photo of it though. I KNOW you can take better ones than that! ;)

  2. July 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Had it. Pants.

  3. July 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    RT @billicatons: Not mad about the label; not mad about the wine.

  4. July 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I love the way you describe wines. It is different than other wine blogs I follow. You write with a lot of creativity!

  5. July 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    If you’re going to put a crest on your wine here’s how and here’s how not @billicatons

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