2006 Cautivo Rioja Blanco - Printable Version

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- wondersofwine - 12-11-2008 07:34 PM

I've posted on this wine before but it continues to impress and give me pleasure beyond its price. Originally offered at $12.99 and purchased on sale for $7.99, this has got to be one of my "best buys" of 2008.

From Heredad de Baroja in Elvillar de Alava, Spain.
It made an excellent pairing the other night with a baked chicken/artichoke/celery/onion ring dish even though artichokes can be a difficult match. Pale gold color. Tropical fruits with white peach and lemon curd on the nose. Maybe its a changeling but in my first note I mentioned baked apple and another taster got pineapple and melon. Pineapple may be closer than baked apple. This time I got almost a lemon meringue and vanilla note on the palate. Tastes rich and fruity and lingers for a nice finish. Not flabby--as Brappy posted when I brought a bottle to Baltimore, it has some serious acidity on the finish.

- brappy - 12-13-2008 04:14 AM


I remember actually liking this wine. So I looked it up and this is what I noted:

2. Cautivo Rioja blanco '06..... Have no idea what the varietal is here. Great fruit, tropical with a creamy overtone. The palate adds some serious acidity on the finish.

Although my grammar is suspect, my note is not far from yours.

Hope you are doing well.


- wondersofwine - 12-15-2008 11:58 AM

I'm doing quite well thank you. I may get back to DC/Baltimore sometime in March or April. Dropped plans for a trip in January when I realized it would be around the Inauguration time.

I found out the Cautivo Blanco is 100% Viura grapes.

- brappy - 12-20-2008 01:21 AM

Would love to see you Jane. I'll keep on checking here or you could shoot me an email if and when you make plans. I've loads of wine that need to be opened. This would give the perfect excuse.


- wondersofwine - 12-20-2008 05:51 PM

Great! I'm thinking a somewhat Australian theme with some nonconforming wines for variety.

- brappy - 12-21-2008 12:55 AM

I'm game..... Nonconforming?

- TheEngineer - 12-21-2008 01:53 AM

Do you guys mind if I join as well?? If I'm in the area I could bring a few things [img][/img]

- wondersofwine - 12-22-2008 03:05 PM

Would love for you to join us Engineer and also Drew if we could lure him. Maybe James and Jeannette Roscoe can join us again.

Nonconforming would be other than Australian wines. I will probably bring the Thorpe Shiraz and a Dog Ridge Shiraz that Brappy says he hasn't tried yet but then a couple other wines--maybe a white, maybe an Italian red or a dessert wine. Brappy is supposed to bring an Elderton Command if he still has it. (I like the Elderton wine I've tried but haven't had a chance to sample the Command.)

- brappy - 12-23-2008 01:23 AM

Eng, that would be very cool if you could make it.

Jane, I just checked the cellar. I have multiple bottles of Elderton. Only 1 Command Shiraz - '02 which I would be happy to bring. I'll also bring an Elderton 'Ode to Loraine'. I'll keep everything I bring from Australia. I WILL make it interesting.

Hopefully others will join us as well....


- brappy - 12-23-2008 03:48 AM

I just conducted a more thorough search through the cellar and found a few more Commands. So we'll taste a couple different vintages.

If you have other ideas of things you want to taste Aussie, let me know....


- wondersofwine - 12-23-2008 11:17 AM

Sounds great but you don't have to sacrifice more than one Command for the cause if you would prefer to enjoy them in an at-home setting.

- Drew - 12-23-2008 11:57 AM

Would really love to come and appreciate all the invites in the past but Eileen and I would be two stick in the muds as would have to spit all night. Couldn't risk all that sampling and driving the distance so, long time ago, we forgo any imbibing or one volunteers to be the designated. Our employ demand perfection in this arena.


- winoweenie - 12-23-2008 09:04 PM

And for sure Eileen IS perfection....As for Drewsburg????????????????. WW [img][/img]

- brappy - 12-24-2008 03:49 AM

Could always hire a driver for the evening. But either way, the invitation is always there. And that is for everyone.

As soon as Jane comes up with some possible dates, we'll come up with something.

Besides a mini vertical of Command (no sacrifice), I told Eng a while back if he ever came here, I would open Penfolds Grange. I still will. Should be fun.