Thursday, 22 October 2009

Pansa Blanca

I don't know quite why the photo won't rotate.

Pansa Blanca is the Alella name for Xarel-lo, one of the three grapes that commonly make up Cava.  Alella is the nearest D.O. to Barcelona, It's about half an hour up the coast.  I copped this bottle the last time I visited and we popped it last night.  It's from the Marfil line produced by Alella VinĂ­cola from 2008.

It is palid in colour, quite floral to whiff, and opens up significantly upon agitation.  It has a smooth attack, a slight touch of pleasant acidity, and an over-riding grapefruit boost which doesn't hang around for a particularly long time.

As we say adieu to the summer, we'll be onto the wooded german whites, but for one of the last warm evenings of the year, it was top.

Mark D.

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