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Today we are going to review a single varietal white wine from Spain, yet this is not a regular white wine, as this one is made of grenache blanc grape variety – Garnacha Blanca 2017 by La Sastreria. The grenache blanc, or ‘garnacha blanca’, is a full-bodied white wine that originated in northern Spain and is growing in popularity since it was planted in the USA, where it is loved for its intense flavours and plush style. This variety is doing quite well when aged in oak barrels, since it is very sensitive to oxidation. Also, due to its lean and smooth profile, it is often used in white blends, as it can round up the final blend. But enough theory, without further ado, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale yellow color with bright green shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with herbal and sweet fruits flavours: straw grass, hay, lemon, acacia flower, yellow apple, ripe gooseberry, yellow pear, quince, yellow melon, currant leaf, fresh cut grass, daffodil, wormwood and some nunced hints of camomile.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, moderate acidity and rough tannin. This is a rough, sharp and herbal-sweet white wine, with a firm and oily profile, as it tastes angular, astringent and fruity. It has a fair overall balance, with lots of residual sugar and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through towards the end of the palate.
It has a long finish and an angular, green yet sweet aftertaste.
This is definitely a good Wine of Spain and the overall rating says the same, with 89.3 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a wine over its prime form or very close to it – fruity, yet austere and clearly off balance – a bit too sharp and a bit too rough on the plate. We would suggest to drink it now, as we cannot advise any more bottle ageing, due to its angularity and lack of natural acidity. There are wines that excel standalone, and then, there are wines that require food pairing – this one here is one of these that match well with food. We would recommend to pair this wine with slightly sweet dishes with creamy textures, like for example pasta alfredo or some porcini mushrooms tagliatelle, as the creaminess of the dish will cut nicely through all the residual sweetness and angularity in the wine. Salud!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Garnacha Blanca | 2017
grape: | grenache blanc |
overall rating: | 89.3 |
maturity: over its prime
conclusion: good | recommended
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