Posted by: tomciocco | May 3, 2010

THE FULL PACKAGE FROM EMPORDA`

To go along with two somewhat modified recipes I cooked from Colman Andrews’ Catalan Cuisine (Amanida de Mongets i Bacalla` Emporda`and Pintada a la Catalana) I twisted off the cap on this unoaked blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo (one of the Cava varieties) from the  Emporda` region in the eastern coastally oriented part of Catalunya…

 As I said to Jen, and as I state there in the title, this wine gets it all right. It’s a value-oriented wine made from native Catalan grapes vinified simply to allow the fruit show you its country, so to speak, and then it’s smartly funneled down into a very sharp, hip package. This charmer weighs in at 12.8% alcohol, making it a true middleweight. Despite this, it cheerfully met its boldly-flavored, heavyweight tablemates, at least tonight..Really diggin it!

 

ESPELT VAILET  EMPORDA` 2008

Very bright and shiny green-tinted light gold color.  Minerally nose of melon and tangerine fruit, almond, and white spices. Nice chewy, slightly oily body, and a moderate but well-judged acidity carrying flavors of lime and candied fruits. Finishes with an appealing bitter/tart length.

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