Born in 1915, Monopole is the oldest white wine brand of Spain. It is a nice fresh white Rioja produced with the Viura grape.

Never heard of the Viura grape, it also goes by Macabeo which is one of the three grapes used to make Cava.

Comopania Vinicola del Norte de Espana (Cvne) the producers of Monopole was founded by two brothers Raimundo & Eusebio Real de Asua in 1879. Today it is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family.

Let’s get down to the tasting of the wine.

It is a nice fresh summer wine. Aromas of pear, white flowers, fennel and hints of minerality escape from the glass.  On the palate this unoaked white is light and minerally. It’s an exciting white to add to your summer wine list.

I would pair this with fresh seafood.  SRP $11.99