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Palo Blanco Valle de la Orotava Listan Blanco

9.297 ratings
9.015 pro ratings
Valle de la Orotava, Canary Islands, Spain
Listan Blanco
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

Tart and fresh. Saline with bright lemon acidity and good minerality.

Tart and fresh. Saline with bright lemon acidity and good minerality.

Jun 24th, 2022
Aaron Tan

Bottle variation? Vintage? Transport? This was just so different from the 18’ Palo Blanco, which was a masterclass in minerality. While still mineral, I felt the 19’ Palo Blanco was more about oxidation than anything else.

Drank over 2 days. Straight out the gates, the rather dark golden colour was already foreboding of the poorer difference. Drank like an oxidative-styled Chenin, which I’ve never really been keen on - light flinty reduction on the nose, bruised apples, salinity, medium-high acidity that has a crescendo quality to it, long finish. After a 6 hour slow oxidation, the reduction on the nose melded into a rather savoury olive-like note. Definitely more intriguing at this stage with notes of bruised apples, honey, hay, white florals, sea salt, musk, and a herbaceous touch. There’s an oiliness to the palate which juxtaposed nicely with the feisty acidity. Gained copious volatility and lost vitality the night after.

Fell below expectations after the brilliant 18’, but wasn’t a bad experience in itself. Will check on other bottles down the track.

Bottle variation? Vintage? Transport? This was just so different from the 18’ Palo Blanco, which was a masterclass in minerality. While still mineral, I felt the 19’ Palo Blanco was more about oxidation than anything else.

Drank over 2 days. Straight out the gates, the rather dark golden colour was already foreboding of the poorer difference. Drank like an oxidative-styled Chenin, which I’ve never really been keen on - light flinty reduction on the nose, bruised apples, salinity, medium-high acidity that has a crescendo quality to it, long finish. After a 6 hour slow oxidation, the reduction on the nose melded into a rather savoury olive-like note. Definitely more intriguing at this stage with notes of bruised apples, honey, hay, white florals, sea salt, musk, and a herbaceous touch. There’s an oiliness to the palate which juxtaposed nicely with the feisty acidity. Gained copious volatility and lost vitality the night after.

Fell below expectations after the brilliant 18’, but wasn’t a bad experience in itself. Will check on other bottles down the track.

May 8th, 2022
Tom Kobylarz

In a testament to just how great these wines are and how good the wine making is, let me just tell you what my dumbass did to this wine by accident. I was in my fridge yesterday and saw I had left this bottle entirely full with a cork pulled for over a week. I thought back to when I would've opened it, and my jaw dropped. I had opened it two hours before meal time and then we changed the food plan so we changed wines but I forgot about already opening this wine. I left it in the door of the fridge so I missed it.

The wine is gloriously good… I was shocked that it wasn't completely oxidized. We drank it over the last two days and it was very delicious. Complex with citrus and white orchard fruits, leaning more citrus, zesty and salty brine, loads of minerality, dried wild florals, quite the wine here. Excellent med+ acidity, med/med+ body, med+ length.

In a testament to just how great these wines are and how good the wine making is, let me just tell you what my dumbass did to this wine by accident. I was in my fridge yesterday and saw I had left this bottle entirely full with a cork pulled for over a week. I thought back to when I would've opened it, and my jaw dropped. I had opened it two hours before meal time and then we changed the food plan so we changed wines but I forgot about already opening this wine. I left it in the door of the fridge so I missed it.

The wine is gloriously good… I was shocked that it wasn't completely oxidized. We drank it over the last two days and it was very delicious. Complex with citrus and white orchard fruits, leaning more citrus, zesty and salty brine, loads of minerality, dried wild florals, quite the wine here. Excellent med+ acidity, med/med+ body, med+ length.

May 8th, 2022
Justin Bothur

Salty and oxidized with ripping acid and a lemon starburst thing going on.

Salty and oxidized with ripping acid and a lemon starburst thing going on.

Mar 10th, 2022
Aaron Tan

GL was quick to call out how light the 18' Palo Blanco was compared to the 14' Dauvissat La Forest. True, but that's just unfair given how the 14' is possibly the best La Forest ever made. What can I say, it was the only two whites during the occassion, discounting the corked 13' Roulot Tillets. Regardless, I enjoyed this immensely. A master class in minerality. So much so that there's almost no fruit at all (just a touch of lemon). The 18' Palo Blanco is flinty, smokey, salty, iodiney, just whatever you can think of as "mineral" - Pure bottled rock energy!

GL was quick to call out how light the 18' Palo Blanco was compared to the 14' Dauvissat La Forest. True, but that's just unfair given how the 14' is possibly the best La Forest ever made. What can I say, it was the only two whites during the occassion, discounting the corked 13' Roulot Tillets. Regardless, I enjoyed this immensely. A master class in minerality. So much so that there's almost no fruit at all (just a touch of lemon). The 18' Palo Blanco is flinty, smokey, salty, iodiney, just whatever you can think of as "mineral" - Pure bottled rock energy!

Dec 1st, 2021
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

9.1

not sure if it’s bottle variation or settling over time, but when i first had this 2016 , i was thoroughly underwhelmed. now? complete turnaround. fino sherry, thyme, lemon curd notes all wrapped up in luscious, soft, balanced packaging.

not sure if it’s bottle variation or settling over time, but when i first had this 2016 , i was thoroughly underwhelmed. now? complete turnaround. fino sherry, thyme, lemon curd notes all wrapped up in luscious, soft, balanced packaging.

May 1st, 2020
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.5

i expected much more from this bottle. i am huge fan of Envinate’s work, but though this was pleasant, it didn’t warrant its price tag.

i expected much more from this bottle. i am huge fan of Envinate’s work, but though this was pleasant, it didn’t warrant its price tag.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Emmanuel Cazes

frais et mûr, un peu fermé au debut

frais et mûr, un peu fermé au debut

Dec 29th, 2018
E & K G

Sea breeze a bit of lemon zest. Viscous in texture and feel but light on its feet and very food friendly.

Sea breeze a bit of lemon zest. Viscous in texture and feel but light on its feet and very food friendly.

2 people found it helpfulNov 15th, 2019
Peter Zandbergen

Refreshing, good minerality. 97RP, a bit optimistic but very good indeed.

Refreshing, good minerality. 97RP, a bit optimistic but very good indeed.

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2021