Peculiar. Incredibly acidic - like Barolo but without the tannins (tannin is quite mild). The acidity is felt not on entry but as the wine moves through the palate, at the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. There is very sour blackberry, crushed cherry and some (misplaced?) green pepper and green peppercorn notes, alongside the acidity which has a white grapefruit edge. Very taught, linear and quite difficult to appreciate beyond that wall of acidity.
Ultimately quite a confusing wine, but I wonder if this just needs a few years laying down to allow the acidity to better integrate. Had improved by the third glass, after three hours of air, with a pleasingly dry finish, but nonetheless I see this as a wine that could improve. — 7 days ago
Clean and crisp but not super tasty, from Berkeley wine for $18. — 14 days ago
Ok i like this wine. This is a very good blend and for the price of like 22ish bucks hey, worth it. I stay away from a lot of Spanish wines especially from rioja because Tempranillo sucks..i mean maybe its good but I just have no invested a bunch of money into a grape I'm not fond of so who knows. But this wine is a good reminder to not let bias get in the way of a good purchase. — a month ago
Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.
Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff. — 9 days ago
I love this wine. So much ground pepper and chimney smoke on the nose. It’s like walking around on a rainy or snowy winter day and smelling the sweet perfume of your neighbors chimney. I almost totally dislike the white Listan Blanco Benje. I find that tired and lacking acidity and just tired. I prefer this wine to the more expensive Migan. Migan had more reduction and ethyl acetate on the nose and okay okay it’s more Pinot Noiresque but I don’t need a wine from the Canary Islands to be like a Pinot Noir. #listan #listannegro #canaryislands #spain — 5 days ago
This is a great wine, very young but very good. Bursting with flavour it feels like the perfect combination of Catalonia, Maipo, Napa and Bordeaux. Plenty of sweet fruit, backed up with vanilla, leather, spice and oak. The palate is smooth and the the finish develops nicely with soft tannins. Powerful but elegant, highly recommended. — 2 days ago
Melon, lemon curd, limestone and seaspray nose. Some apple and subtle lily fragrance. Battery acid palate. But amazingly dense for an albarino. Just so acidic you can hardly tell. Very salty. Savory, almost buttery in its umami. This is a great wine but hard to drink at this point. I think it needs maybe 5 probably 10 years to mellow. — 2 days ago
Lovely pre dinner Cava sharing at our favorite wine store El Wine Chateau. Yeasty nose, crisp bubbles and all the flavors of Xarello, Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada, and a touch of Pinot Noir — 23 days ago