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Altos d'Oliva Airen-Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    750ML / 11% ABV
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    750ML / 11% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The vineyards are located on slopes overlooking the Mediterranean sea, where ancient olive trees grow among the vines. High inland mountains protect the vines from the harsher continental climate, producing intense and fully mature grapes, while sea breezes maintain some freshness.

    Pale straw color with greenish hints. Fresh, fruity aromas of apples and pears. Crisp and fruity with a well-balanced creamy texture. Particularly refreshing and dry.

    Blend: 60% Airén, 40% Sauvignon Blanc

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    Altos d'Oliva, Spain
    Named after a high vineyard area where the soil is so poor that only grapevines, olive groves and nut trees thrive, these wines benefit from a warm and sunny climate that gives great fruit intensity and richness on the palate. The winemaking is clean and modern in the best senses of the term.

    Altos d’Oliva is made at Reserva de la Tierra with input from Long Wines throughout all the winemaking process. Located in Les Borges del Camp, Tarragona, around 20km from the Mediterranean coast and run by a family with roots in Mendoza, Argentina. Chief winemaker Meritxell Vila is highly experienced with a degree in Enology and Agricultural Engineering. Her work experience at wineries all over the world has given her an international perspective.

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    White grapes are used in two famous types of Spanish wine, Sherry and Cava, but we will limit this discussion to still whites. Let’s begin with perhaps the best known and most highly regarded internationally, Albariño . Produced in the region of Rías Baixas, just above Portugal in northwestern Spain, Albariño typically sees no or little oak and is medium to medium-plus in body. Aroma and flavor notes often include citrus and peach, often with subtle floral notes and a suggestion of sea spray, giving the wine a zesty feel. Often bottled as a single varietal, Albariño is sometimes blended with other indigenous grapes like Loureira and Treixadura. Try one of these Spanish whites from Forjas del Salnes.

    Let’s look at a few other Spanish white wines. Godello also hails from northwestern Spain and presents a profile of grapefruit, minerality and a slight smoky quality. Enjoy a bottle from Bodegas Avancia. The region of Rueda, northwest of Madrid, is home to Verdejo , which makes refreshing, un-oaked white wines whose herbal vibrancy recalls Sauvignon Blanc . Protos makes a tasty version. Up north in the Basque region, we find the wine called Txakoli (sometimes called Txakolina). Pronounced “sha-ko-LEE,” it’s made from a local grape called Hondurrabi Zuri and is light, fresh, citrusy, dry … and with razor sharp acidity that makes it a fantastic partner with local seafood and tapas. Ameztoi Gertariako is a good Spanish white wine producer to check out.

    The Penedѐs region, best known for the oceans of delicious Cava it sends to the world, also produces still Spanish whites, sometimes from international varieties like Chardonnay , and often from the same grapes used for Cava. These include Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. Avaline produces a fine example of Penedes white. Finally, we visit the Rioja region. While it is historically and internationally famous for its reds, Rioja also produces fine Spanish white wines. These are usually based on Viura (the local name for Macabeo) and make good everyday sippers, although some aged versions can be stunningly complex. A good place to start is the white Rioja from Bodegas Muga.

    As you can see, Spanish white wines offer a vast opportunity for exploration!

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