Señorio de Guadianeja Macebeo 2010, La Mancha Spain
Macabeo is the variety here (although it is also known as Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Maccabeo, Perpignan, Queue de Renard, Rossan, Viuna or Viura in Spain and France and may be related to our old friend Vermentino from NW Italy). It is light in body, quite floral on the nose, VERY crisp and dry and has a passion for shellfish…
Marina Alta Gran Selección Blanco 2010, Alicante Spain
Sometimes we have to use highly technical language to talk about a wine. This is one of those cases…. ¡WOW! A BONE DRY yet amazingly perfumed Muskat d’Alexandria does the Vulcan Mind Meld (sans wood barrels or malolactic fermentation) to leave you in a transcendental state referenced in many great blues songs: “Oh, Lawdy…you got my NOSE open baby!”
Eukeni Txakoli 2010, Armurrio Spain
Straight outta Basque country in Northern Spain, Arabako Txakolina is a D.O. producing a light, fruit driven, DRY and ever so slightly fizzy white made from 80% Hondarribi Zuri with splashes of Gross Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Corbu. From Sushi to Mariscos Chente to a bag of Green Onion Doritos, this will radically improve any lighter and / or spicy dish stat.
Bodegas y Viñedos Tábula, Olivares de Duero
This estate has 22 hectares of vineyards rooted in the limestone rich soil of Olivares de Duero on the western side of the Ribera del Duero D.O. and controls every part of the process of growing and making wine in house. The grapes are hand picked and collected in small 15 kilogram tubs to prevent crushing then meticulously sorted in two stages: first by bunches then by individual GRAPES. They have achieved great notice both at home and in the international market.
Damana Verdejo 2009, Rueda
This was #1 with a bullet this past Turkey Day: hand harvested Verdejo from vines over 25 years old are fermented on the skins for maximum flavor and a bit more structure than you may expect in an unoaked white, this wine virtually explodes with lemon, lime, green apple, peach and even mint and anise notes on the nose, all leading to a lively mouthfeel and a crisp, VERY dry and refreshing finish.