White Wine Bodega Chacra Chardonnay 2020. Piero Incisa della Rochetta comes from a pioneering family; his grandfather is the founder of Tenuta San Guido and creator of arguably Italy’s most famous Super Tuscan, Sassicaia. In 2003 Piero established his own groundbreaking winery in windswept Rio Negro Valley in northern Patagonia. Piero’s bold move was inspired by a magnificent Pinot Noir he tasted in New York which came from an ancient Argentinian vineyard planted in 1932. Convinced of the exceptional potential of the region, Piero managed to purchase that same plot and soon added additional parcels of vines planted in 1955 and 1967. Today the winery is known for its elegant old vine Pinots as well as Chardonnay thanks to a partnership with renowned Burgundian winemaker Jean-Marc Roulot. Together they grafted Chardonnay vines onto 40-year old Merlot vines which are planted on a beautiful calcareous plot ideally suited to the white variety. Reminiscent of finest white Burgundy, this Chardonnay is remarkably complex and nuanced with a noticeable minerality and bright orchard and citrus fruit notes that linger long on the palate. It’s full-bodied and generous with a bright streak of acidity that brings harmony and balance on the finish. Ideal to keep in the cellar for a few more years or enjoy now with roast chicken, tuna or salmon steaks, or creamy pasta dishes.
White Wine Bodega Chacra Chardonnay 2020
White Wine Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Goliardo A Telleira Albarino 2020. No need to decant it, but it is advisable to open it half an hour before serving it. Founded in 2005 by Rodrigo Mendez and oenologist Raul Perez, Forjas del Salnes is widely considered one of the most exciting and innovative realities in Galicia. From the beginning, Forjas, which grows organically, has worked with the main objective of recovering ancient Galician varieties that had been abandoned and lost over the centuries and producing Albarino from old vines. Their wines are clear proof of their philosophy and reflection of the terroir: full of freshness, with perfect minerality, ample sensations, and a surprising aging potential. Goliardo A Telleira is produced from Albarino grapes from 45-year-old vines located close to the coast. Alcoholic fermentation and aging take place in large used barrels of 750 liters. After 12 months in wood, the wine is bottled and immersed in special cages 30 meters deep in the sea, where it is left to age for another 3 months. The wine has a powerful and expressive nose of ripe stone fruit, delicate spices, floral and mineral notes. In the mouth, it shows all its complexity and aging potential. It is creamy and structured, deep and mineral, with a strong saline character and remarkable acidity. This is a wine that can improve with a few years in the cellar. Serve at 9º to 12ºC. Enjoy it with Iberian cured meats or oily fishes.
White Wine Nisia Las Suertes 2020. Bodegas Ordóñez are considered one of the top local producers of Verdejo in Rueda thanks to their unique ancient vineyards which date back to 1885. Located near the town of Puras, this part of Rueda had the good fortune to escape the phylloxera disease which devastated European wine industry in the 19th century. Today the estate boasts one of just a handful of ungrafted Verdejo vineyards which is capable of producing sensational white wines. To ensure the grapes reach the winery in perfect condition Bodegas Ordóñez insists on harvesting by hand. The wine is then fermented using indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels before spending 12 months maturing on the lees in those barrels to add a delicious creamy texture and additional complexity. As you pour out a glass you’ll immediately notice the brilliant straw yellow hue and exotic aromas of ripe white peaches, pineapple, and toasty notes from the extended maturation process. The first sip reveals a full body, hint of acidity and very long finish with plenty of mature tropical fruit character. An ideal partner for chicken served in a creamy sauce, summer salads or hard cheeses like Manchego or Pecorino.