Bodegas Bohedal labels are mimicked off of patterns from fabrics used on the family quilt. The bottle itself is very distinct, a traditional Bordelaise bottle. It is identified by straight sides and obvious 'shoulders'. The Gran Bohedal shoulders are particularly pronounced. Is there a reason for the blunt shoulders? Some people think it was purely aesthetic, while others say it's purpose was to 'catch' the sediment from aged Bordeaux so that it wouldn't end up in the glass. Gran Bohedal Blanco is made from 100% Viura (aka Macabeo) and is the most widely planted white grape in Rioja. The grape at its ideal will produce freshly aromatic wines and has an affinity towards oak. This wine was fermented for six months in French, American and Romanian oak, plus daily stirring of the lees. The combination of the oak and lees will add body, creamy texture, flavours of vanilla, yeast, caramel and even savoury notes or smoke. Enjoy within the next two years, served at 8C.
Straw yellow, pale and muted colouring.
Mineral driven and loaded with juicy golden fruits. Yellow plum, golden pears and apples, with melon rind and splash of citrus zest. As the wine warms, the delicate or hidden notes appear; here, find vanilla bean and a bit of burnt sugar.
From a juicy aroma, to crunchy and green on the palate. Instead of ripe orchard fruits, there are under-ripe pear, crab apple and lemon rind. Amazing acidity, slick mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess. After swallowing, the finish lingers with limestone and mineral notes. There is a quenching appeal to this wine, satisfying and fresh.
An antipasto plate with cured and sweet ham, Spanish cheeses, even olives and cured fish.
Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
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