I've enjoyed several bottles of this little Catalan number over the summer, but I haven't really done anything to get the word out; blame it on the hectic-ness of the summer. I feel slightly bad though, like I've unfairly been hiding this for myself and not sharing it with others. So here I am trying to finally make amends.
Catalonia is one of those culturally unique regions in western Europe that we don't always hear about but has a strong identity none the less. In the wine world I've been bumping in to this region more and more frequently. The Catalan culture seems to have preserved separate culinary traditions that have resulted in some interesting wines that are stylistically neither French or Spanish. This is a product of a high quality co-op that has strict standards. The blend of grapes is unusual and is neither French nor Spanish; it's Catalan.
I feel that America suffers from a glut of fresh, citrusy, simple white wines that are all made to be brighter and crisper than the last. These wines have there place, but the global wine market seems to have over simplified things and ignored all the other styles of white wine.
This Catalan white is fuller bodied and fleshier than is currently "in". It doesn't have super intense grapefruit up front but it does have a lush mouth filling texture with hints of almonds, pear, and grape peel. It's a substantial white wine that plays on it's structure and body more than it's fruit. It's refreshing not in the super bright high acid sense, but in the outside the main stream sense.
I pick up aromas of: Candied orange peel, almonds, lemon juice,lemon grass, and a little fresh pine,
It's a really tasty wine that authentically represents the culture that produced it. And it's about $12 at Browne Trading, Rosemont on Brighton, Rosemont on Munjoy Hill, Treats, Blue Hill Wine Shop, the Bier Cellar, and the Oh No cafe.