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 Replies to “Marques de Caceres Rioja Blanco review”

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

    1. I couldn’t be bothered polishing a turd… 😉

    1. Pants — fantastic expression that takes me back to my school days. For this burst of nostalgia, and for your comment in general, thanks.

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

    1. Thanks very much, Alyssa.

  3. If you’re going to put a crest on your wine here’s how http://tumblr.com/xpl3ozg0ir and here’s how not http://bit.ly/mWlgIT @billicatons

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