Envinate 'Palo Blanco', Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2017

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Envinate 'Palo Blanco', Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2017

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I will concede that most people, when they pick up a glass of wine, want a nice drink. That's great and is probably the right thing to hope for and expect in most circumstances. However, there are times when you want a bit more than that. When you don't want cheddar, but something with a bit more edge, that has more of an identity and sense of place. We're in that territory here with a wine made from 100 year-old Listan Blanco vines that transmit the character of the soil and the weather and the maritime climate as eloquently as the ink of a good travel writer. The wine is mineral, zesty, saline and chiselled. It's on the edge. It's made to be enjoyed, but it's not going to change its personality to please you. Love it for what it is. 
 

Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The 2017 Palo Blanco is produced with Listán Blanco grapes from the village of Los Realejos in the Valle de la Orotava. Now in its second vintage, this year they added one more plot, and in 2018 they will add one more. The warm vintage was a blessing in the cooler and wetter zones of the Tenerife Island like the Orotava Valley, as the year compensated for the place, and the wine has a tad more volume and body. They were able to harvest the grapes earlier than 2016, before the weather turned more complicated, and the grapes were very healthy, which is not always the case in the northern zones. 2017 was a great viticulture year in the Orotava Valley, and they also felt the removal of herbicides when they started working the vineyard is really showing, and it should get even better. The wine is serious and balanced, and it has a dry, chalky finish with a somewhat Burgundian feel to it. Superb. Their Listán Blanco from La Orotava is always paler than the ones from Santiago del Teide, as the skins are thicker and it's harder to press. It was bottled in December 2018 after one year in two 2,500-litre oak foudres and three 228-liter barrels. 7,500 bottles produced. Drink 2019-2024.” 95 points

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