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Alta Alella Pansa Blanca
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16¾/20

Alta Alella Pansa Blanca 2016

Alella, Catalunya (Catalonia Cataluña), SpainWe're seeing xarel.lo, most oft relegated as a Cava blending partner, as a still white more and more, and it's a welcome sight. Alta Alella began 20 years ago when Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and his wife Cristina Guillen acquired nineteenth-century estate Can Genis, near Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea, and converted it to organics. Their daughters Mireia and Georgina have now joined them in the farming of their sea-facing 17ha of vines, planted on slopes and terraces between 100-250m. Their soils are sauló, an acidic, white granite-based sandy soil. This xarel.lo (known locally as pansa blanca) is potent and direct, with almond, unripe pear, green apple bedded with lightly smoked stones and bright with lemon and tangelo. The finish lingers with a citrus buzz. Refreshing, and alluring, and a welcome 12 degrees.Tasted: 01 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 29.99 private wine shops Producer: Alta AlellaDistributors: Sedimentary Wines
The Living Vine
Grape: Xarel-loCSPC: 641068UPC: 8437005077409