Ole Imports, 2015 Portal Blanco

"(all stainless steel) Light bright yellow. Meyer lemon and green apple on the incisive nose, joined by hints of chalky minerals and ginger that emerge with air. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively orchard and citrus fruit flavors that open up and turn spicier on the back half. Finishes on a dusty mineral note, showing very good persistence and a lingering suggestion of honeysuckle. There's something Chablis-like going on here."

Ole Imports, 2015 Portal Blanco

Ole Imports, 2015 Portal Blanco

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2015 Portal Blanco
Celler Vinos Piñol

100% Garnacha Blanca

The organically grown vineyards are located a few miles southwest of Priorat, within the Terra Alta DO (Zone 5) in Catalunya's Tarragona province in northeastern Spain. The winery and vineyards are in the town of Batea, situated at 450 m (1476 ft) elevation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay.

Fruit is hand harvested in the cool morning hours, and the grapes are brought to the winery in small 15 kg boxes. After de-stemming, the grapes are crushed and go into 10,000 L stainless steel tanks. The unfermented juice mixes with the skins at cool temperature for about 8 hours to maximize the extraction of flavors from the skins. The grapes ferment with neutral yeast (from Levuline in Champagne), which is optimal to ferment grapes with high sugar levels. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks on the lees for 2 months. No malolactic is done. (1500 cs)

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