Macabeo

Common synonyms: Maccabeo, Macabeu, Viura (as well as, but less commonly, Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Listan Andaludschii, Listan Andaluzskii, Lloza, Macaban, Macabeo, Macabeu, Maccabeo, Maccabeou, Maccabeu, Makkobeo, Malvoisie, Provensal, Queue de Renard, Rossan, Subirat, Tokay, Ugni Blanc, Viuna, Xarello)

Parentage of the grape: None available.

History of the grape: Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region, which is located just over the Pyrenees mountains. Though a text from 1854 suggests that it originated in the Middle East, its history is rather murky.

The variety must make up at least 51% of white Rioja, where it is prized for its ability to resist oxidation and to provide the acidity that Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca lack. However, it is being slowly edged out by international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Read more »

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  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I ... 30% followed by Cabernet, Macabeo (Viura), Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Carignane. Also visited on my trip were the cellars of San Valero, the first to bottle wine commercially in Cariñena and one of the early leaders to sell wine under their own brands in the region. Drawin... Read More

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  • Bodegas Paniza Viura 2013

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  • Bodegas Paniza Viura 2013

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    Gassy with slightly green herb framed warm apricot fruit on the nose. Moderately rich on entry with good acid, supporting a little apricot and mostly green apple fruit with green plum on finish, good length, and a hint of rs covering the acid on the lemony finale. Fruity and straightforward with a hint of mineral spice. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Agoston Blanco 2013

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  • Agoston Blanco 2013

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    Tight, subtle, low mineral and yellow fruit, with a hint of vanilla and banana on the nose. Bright acids greet the palate followed by a modestly rich body with nice mineral flavors and a slightly dusty finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beso de Vino Macabeo 2013

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    Yellow and green fruit with a bit of dusty chalkiness and hints of wild herbs on the nose. Bright fruit, juicy acids, bit of astringency, bit of sweetness late on the palate, decent finish, grapefruit, kiwi, white grapefruit pith and just a suggestion of steel on modest finish. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beso de Vino Macabeo 2013

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  • Beronia Viura Rioja Blanco 2012

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    Very tight on the nose with a hint of green melon and some lovely dried herb and almond shell top notes. Smooth and integrated in the mouth, this delivers a nice array of fresh lemon, slightly peachy and melon flavors on the palate but does lack a bit of complexity. A hint in creaminess and some faint nutty shadings add some detail to the backen... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Beronia Viura Rioja Blanco 2012

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  • Cvne Rioja Monopole Blanco 2012

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    Rather floral in the glass but with a restrained, earthy quality to the perfume which also picks up hints of grapefruit and a suggestion of green herb. Juicy up front,this gains a bit of flesh and roundness in the mouth where flavors of bruised peach and pear add nuance to the core of grapefruit pith and under-ripe pineapple fruit. A bit of almo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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