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Palo Blanco Valle de la Orotava Listan Blanco

9.27 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Valle de la Orotava, Canary Islands, Spain
Listan Blanco
Top Notes For
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
Daniel Bello

Super fab wine, absolute must for all canary wine lovers

Super fab wine, absolute must for all canary wine lovers

Apr 15th, 2022
Brandon Thiessen

Saline, olive, mineral, sherry, hay; kumquat, gooseberry. Light and bright.

Saline, olive, mineral, sherry, hay; kumquat, gooseberry. Light and bright.

Aug 8th, 2021
Martin Mata

Wine with a real sense of place. Tastes like the volcanic island wine it is with intense, salty minerality. Powerful, yet light and zippy with citrusy acidity. Purchased at Popina in Brooklyn, NY.

Wine with a real sense of place. Tastes like the volcanic island wine it is with intense, salty minerality. Powerful, yet light and zippy with citrusy acidity. Purchased at Popina in Brooklyn, NY.

Mar 20th, 2021
Victor Mauad

Victor had this 8 months ago

Victor had this 8 months ago

Oct 3rd, 2021
Adam Tope

Adam had this 9 months ago

Adam had this 9 months ago

Aug 12th, 2021