Doña Blanca, Godello
Jose Antionio Garcia is a third generation winemaker in the Bierzo region of northwestern Spain. The region has cool costal influences, but also maintains a continental climate which makes it a viticulture utopia. Most of the red wine production is dedicated to a native grape, Mencia, While Palomino is the most widely planted white grape. The best quality white wines from region belong to Godello, which thanks to winemakers like Jose, is starting to gain some international traction. Jose's Unculin Blanco is a blend of Godello (30%) and another Spanish gem, Doña Blanca (70%). Doña Blanca translates to "Mrs. White" and has been used in white port production, as well as table wines from Bierzo for decades. Godello fell off the wine map for a few years, but is now making a strong comeback and provides a great alternative to Chardonnay. This blend is perfect for summer evenings on the deck, or maybe around a fire pit, enjoying the starry sky. Drink this year, serve chilled to 10 C.
Shiny golden straw hue with flecks of sunshine yellow.
Doña Blanca has these incredible floral characteristics that make us think of summer! Hints of orange blossoms, jasmine and rose water linger awhile. Godello gives great wet stone minerality notes that balance the perfume aromas.
Initially soft notes of pear and white nectarines are accompanied by fresh, ripe citrus - lemons and lime zest. The acidity is brisk and round, keeping this palate fresh. A slight wet flint note hits in the finish breaking up the fruit notes. We love the medium weight to this brilliant white blend. The weight provides a layer of complexity and seriousness that can be lost in summer whites. Don't let this wine get too cold or the flavours will be muted.
Embracing summer fare, fresh Caprese salad or a lighter pasta salad. Looking for something fancier, try linguini vognole (clams).
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