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2016 Nivarius Rioja Edicion Limitada Blanco

2016 Nivarius Rioja Edicion Limitada Blanco

Here’s a fun one that is a nice addition to the Costco wine aisles. I’ve complained in the past about there not being enough “interesting” white wines at Costco. But with this white Rioja, my wishes have been answered. I love finding wines like this.

It’s not super common to find white Rioja either, but you do bump into it occasionally. Total Wine usually carries a few bottles, and your local wine shop might have one or two.

I was curious about the producer, Bodegas Nivarius, and I’m glad I did a little Googling about them. It turns out Nivarius is unique in Rioja because they are the first and only winery there that only produces white wine. So they know what they’re doing when it comes to white Rioja.

Nivarius Rioja

I also found the retail price on the wine which is around $22 so Costco has a nice discount coming in at $13.99. You also note the 97 points from Decanter both on the placard sign and on the tag around the wine’s neck. I’m not sure what to say about that except it might be a little much.

This wine is a blend of 70% Viura and 30% Maturana Blanca. It pours a medium gold with citrus fruit aromas on the nose; medium to medium plus in body; flavors of apple, orange, apricot, and lemon; a good bit of acidity here for those that like that (I do); finishes strong. This is a very nice wine, versatile with many types of cuisine.

Nivarius Rioja

Again, I love the change of pace here from the usual spread of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blancs. This is a delicious wine at a solid Costco price. And you almost can’t go wrong with Spanish wines right now. We wrote a whole book about it.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1432655

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

14.1% alc.

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srh

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Somewhat of a mystery wine re as to how THIS vintage turned up @ Costco: The importer that shows on the back label in your pic doesn't list Nivariaus as one of "their" labels, though since they list Costco as a private client, perhaps 'twas imported NOW *just* for them? [https://www.hidalgoimports.com/products would seem to be a U.S. Importer, but since THEY don't show the Edición Limitada, a bottling which also doesn't show on CellarTracker 'less it's mislabeled as "Special Edition"?]

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/nivarius+edition+ltd+blanco+doca+rioja+spain/2016#t3 lists several nice "pro" scores, Decanter's 97 [& a Platinum, I suspect] being from their World Wine Awards, a yearly fete that seems capable of issuing some VERY high scores vis-a-vis others in the trade.

Rick

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Love this wine. I bought more today. I'm especially fond of "aged" white Riojas. They really get interesting at around 10 years.

GBH-ATL

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

" I’m not sure what to say about that except it might be a little much." - Decanter, Luca Maroni & James Halliday - Subtract 7 points. James Suckling - subtract 4-5. Now we'll be in more realistic valuations land...

Jay

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

"A bit high"...indeed---8 points! I depend on your scores much more than most of the other ratings. Thanks