VallDolina Xarel.lo Alt Penedès 2021


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A scorching Catalan white from the Garrafs mountain range separating Barcelona and Sitges. This is Penedès but very much not Penedès. Instead of the low lying 'vegetable garden' (as it is unkindly referred to) vineyards, this remote mountain range has vines at very high altitude planted in limestone. These two factors set this Xarel.lo apart from the flabby wines grown elsewhere across the region. 70 year old, organically grown Xarel.lo vines dot pine forest terraces around the town of Olesa de Bonesvalls. With this wine, husband and wife team Raimon and Anna, craft a lean, minerally powerhouse that could be a cross between Chablis and chiseled Muscadet. Unbelievable quality at this price point for lovers of driven, pristine, light fruited wine.

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