El Fanio

VARIETAL

100% Xarel-lo

APPELLATION

Penedes, Spain

 

El Fanio

Traditionally used as a blending grape in the sparkling wines of Northeastern Spain, Xarel-lo when vinified as a dry white is an absolute pleasure to drink. This effort by Albet I Noya is sourced from an estate-owned single-vineyard of only 2 terraced hectares. Vines nearly 70 years of age, tiny yields, certified organic farming, and non-interventionist winemaking create a truly special bottle. Drink immediately and over the next 4-5 years. Displays a golden color, with ripe tropical fruits, spices, beeswax, eucalyptus and chalk aromas. The palate is lush, featuring mango, apricot, and exotic woods in the background with depth, good concentration, intensity and length. Pairs nicely with traditionally rich Catalan dishes featuring shellfish, chicken, olive oil and herbs.

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2014

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts

Stone fruit and slightly funky yet natural aromas get this organic and biodynam-,ic varietal Xarello off to a good start. A standard mouthfeel along with apple and banana flavors fin-,ish clean but nothing more. From 67-year-old vines.

M. Schachner, August 2016