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2016

Joana Blanca

Grenache Blanc

Montsant, Catalonia, Spain

Alc. 14 %

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$24.99
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$19.49
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We're sure that longtime members will have fond memories of this label - the Cellars Sant Rafel Joana and Selecció are two of our most popular previously featured selections! We are proud to have the exclusive release of their white wine, simply named 'Blanca'. The wines of Cellars Sant Rafel are produced by husband and wife, Xavier Peñas and Pilar Just. We met with Xavier and were introduced to his family's wines, while touring vineyards that he manages in Priorat.

Xavier spent his childhood in Montsant, he moved to Barcelona but returned to his home in 1997. The winery operations are a family affair, even the kids are involved in the vineyards. Two labels are produced, Joana and Solpost. The Joana line is named after their daughter, these wines are intended to express "youth and happiness." The Blanca is made from 100% Grenache Blanc and exudes feelings of freshness, lightness and fun -from the label to the juice. Enjoy chilled to 8 C within the year.

Look

Soft, straw hued with a watery rim and pale silver reflections.

Smell

Delicate, fresh, and intriguing notes of fruit and herbs. White blossoms and herbs offer a perfumed nose, balanced by golden apples and sweet peaches. Grenache Blanc is at home in Montsant, originating in Northern Spain, it produces aromas of crisp apples and juicy stone fruits.

Taste

The winery describes Blanca as "a subtle and delicate expression of the white Garnacha". Most expressive when it isn't chilled too much - let the wine warm with a few swirls, to coax all the layers of fruit from the glass. The acidity is strong, providing a fresh cleansing of your palate and tingly gums after each sip. Flavours of peach, pear and golden apple are balanced on a medium-light body and slick mouthfeel, which extends through the finish.

Pairing

An easy wine to pair with, but has an affinity for delicate seafood. Try Baja style fish tacos with flaky white fish and fresh toppings.

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