2022 Frontonio Microcosmico Blanco

93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
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An exceptional white wine from a rising star in Spanish wine, Fernando Mora MW. He draws this wine from an organic limestone vineyard of dry-grown, 70 year old vines of Macabeo, the classy and expressive grape that dominates whites in Rioja, where it is called Viura. This fruit is hand-picked and given a day of skin contact before maturing in underground cement tanks. The result is a seriously complex white with real X factor and quality for the price. Try this!
$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle


Macabeo (aka Viura)

Its Origins

"Bodegas Frontonio is the personal project of young gun Fernando Mora MW, hailing from the Valdejalón appellation (technically an IGP, not a DO) of Aragón. These scintillating wines are some of the very best being made today east of Rioja and west of Conca, and they’re already garnering effusive praise from both Luis Gutiérrez and Jancis Robinson. Best of all, prices are very fair for the high quality—and the quality begins in the vineyard: Mora and his team own fifty hectares of beautiful old bushvines in rocky clay-limestone selected for high altitude and north-facing exposition to emphasize freshness. And although this is Garnacha country (Aragón, in fact, is thought to be the birthplace of Garnacha), the whites are every bit as fascinating and delicious as the red." Skurnik Wines

What The Critics Say

93/100 RobertParker.com, Luis Gutierrez

"The 2022 Microcósmico Macabeo wants to show the potential of the white grape (also known as Viura, the main white variety in Rioja) through the fruit from 70-year-old dry-farmed vines on deep limestone, clay and stony alluvial soils at 530 meters above sea level. They did a 20-hour skin contact, the juice fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete, and the wine matured in underground concrete tanks with the fine lees and bâtonnage. It's varietal, serious and austere, with notes of waxy apples and hay, not too showy or perfumed, with restraint, white fruit, 13% alcohol, very good freshness (pH 3.19), clean and integrated acidity and a salty twist in the finish. 22,460 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2023." Drink 2023 - 2028

17/20 Jancis Robinson

"Certified organic. Dry-farmed bush vines in mountain vineyards. Fernando Mora MW's latest release of this wine. The label declares Single Estate and The Garage Wine, as well as Mora's partner Mario López. Very excitingly nervy but with no shortage of fruit. Notes of lime and minerals. My experience of this grape variety (called Viura in Rioja) suggests this will have a really quite long life. Persistent. This slightly reminds me of Le Soula Blanc from Roussillon. Really rather thrilling. I may be underscoring it. Drink 2022-2028"

Variety Viura
Region Aragon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2023 - 2026



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