Obscure Grape: Xarel.Lo

May I suggest a lovely wine for your week-end?

Then let me introduce you to Vinya Nostra, Xarel.lo 2012.624452

 

An organicSpanish white made with 100% Xarel.lo.

It’s pronounced sha-REL-lo or cha-REL-lo depending on the specific town you’re from in North-east Spain.

Typically used in Cava production as part of the triumvirate of legendary white varietals: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel.lo. Here the grape sings solo, and it hits all the high notes with aplomb.

How can you say no to wine that hints of quince, ginger and pear…and that’s just the nose? The attack is equally inviting, dry, fresh, soft and delicate on entry, with green apple, grapefruit, pear and grassy, ginger flavours. Pure and somewhat lean style but flavourful and perfect for assorted west coast shellfish dishes.

—Anthony Gismondi, Wine Picks, Vancouver Sun

Wiiner of the Silver medal – Mundus Vini Biofach 2014 – European contest of organic wines.

Available in BC (here), currently on sale for $14.79

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