Emilio Ramirez Envinate

Benje Blanco Listan Blanco

9.0106 ratings
9.015 pro ratings
Spain
Listan Blanco
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

Seldom is one presented with a wine for which one has no preconceptions, but this was the case for this 100% Listán Blanco from 100 year old vines grown on volcanic soil above 1000m in Tenerife, which I enjoyed this weekend. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Deep golden in colour - with a slight pink hue, in fact - this ‘Benjé Blanco’ by the innovative winemakers Envinate is a unique, rich white that strings a medley of peach, apricot and stone fruits across a grippingly dry, mineral finish. There is a strong oaky character to the nose that reminds me of the white wines of Lopez de Heredia. But this is lighter and has a gracefulness on the palate that carries through to a long, thoroughly satisfying finish, alongside an element of sulphur. Excellent. Will no doubt age well.

Seldom is one presented with a wine for which one has no preconceptions, but this was the case for this 100% Listán Blanco from 100 year old vines grown on volcanic soil above 1000m in Tenerife, which I enjoyed this weekend. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Deep golden in colour - with a slight pink hue, in fact - this ‘Benjé Blanco’ by the innovative winemakers Envinate is a unique, rich white that strings a medley of peach, apricot and stone fruits across a grippingly dry, mineral finish. There is a strong oaky character to the nose that reminds me of the white wines of Lopez de Heredia. But this is lighter and has a gracefulness on the palate that carries through to a long, thoroughly satisfying finish, alongside an element of sulphur. Excellent. Will no doubt age well.

Jun 15th, 2020
Jeremiah Allen

White peach, lemon pith, Sea Salt, Cerignola Olive, smoke. As savory and mineral as this may be, it has a deliciousness that makes it enjoyable to sip. There is a phenolic backbone, and although partially skin macerated this doesn’t come across as an orange wine. Rather, it is a powerful white that has incredible pairing options. Could really stand up to strong flavors at the table. 👏🏽👏🏽

White peach, lemon pith, Sea Salt, Cerignola Olive, smoke. As savory and mineral as this may be, it has a deliciousness that makes it enjoyable to sip. There is a phenolic backbone, and although partially skin macerated this doesn’t come across as an orange wine. Rather, it is a powerful white that has incredible pairing options. Could really stand up to strong flavors at the table. 👏🏽👏🏽

Oct 3rd, 2018
Drew Summers

Sales Northampton Wines

9.1

All the cool kids are doing it...

All the cool kids are doing it...

Jun 18th, 2018
Kyle Doucet-Walter

Smoky white fruit and saline notes maybe even sea breeze. Delicious and verging on briney. Feel like 3-5 years and this would settle in. I feel like it had more to show but did not get there.

Smoky white fruit and saline notes maybe even sea breeze. Delicious and verging on briney. Feel like 3-5 years and this would settle in. I feel like it had more to show but did not get there.

Jun 1st, 2018
John McCarroll

Sales Rowan Imports

9.0

Rock salt

Rock salt

Mar 31st, 2018
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

9.1

stunning. kinda like a Puffney Savignin, but with volcanic island salinity.

stunning. kinda like a Puffney Savignin, but with volcanic island salinity.

Mar 14th, 2018
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

9.1

Sherry like flavors. Salinity and beautiful fruit. I love this. From Tenerife.

Sherry like flavors. Salinity and beautiful fruit. I love this. From Tenerife.

Mar 1st, 2018
Erik Longabardi

There’s a million reasons why these guys are killing it. This one just needs time (an hour) and you will be rewarded handsomely

There’s a million reasons why these guys are killing it. This one just needs time (an hour) and you will be rewarded handsomely

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2018
Rashed Chowdhury

Place: Tenerife (Canary Island), Spain from Yconde-Daute-Isora appellation.
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Vigneron: Envinate (Cuvee Viticole)
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Grape: Listán Blanco; Vintage: 2017
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Color: Deep gold to amber around the rim. Why is the color gold for a young wine? *** I don’t know, maybe skin contact, or oxidative wine making style? @brianmcclinticms @envinatewine
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Nose: Not floral, not citrus, spices (cinnamon, fennel seeds)
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Taste: Good structure, soft acidity throughout, sweet spice taste, interesting that it’s packing quite a bit of tannins for a white wine from mid-palate through long finish.

Place: Tenerife (Canary Island), Spain from Yconde-Daute-Isora appellation.
🇪🇸
Vigneron: Envinate (Cuvee Viticole)
-
Grape: Listán Blanco; Vintage: 2017
-
Color: Deep gold to amber around the rim. Why is the color gold for a young wine? *** I don’t know, maybe skin contact, or oxidative wine making style? @brianmcclinticms @envinatewine
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Nose: Not floral, not citrus, spices (cinnamon, fennel seeds)
🥂
Taste: Good structure, soft acidity throughout, sweet spice taste, interesting that it’s packing quite a bit of tannins for a white wine from mid-palate through long finish.

1 person found it helpfulApr 14th, 2019