Spanish White night.
I picked this up at Let’s Talk Wine in Chesapeake for $8.99 on the recommendation of the owner. The wine label notates ‘made with organic grapes,’ but I don’t believe the vineyard is officially ‘certified’ organic (ehh, close enough for government work).
We paired this with shrimp salad and rock crab claws which turned out to be an ideal pairing.
2007 Parés Baltà Blanc de Pacs
Very clean, crisp and refreshing. Blend of Xarel.lo (33%), Parellada (42%) and Maccabeu (25%). Soft yellow color. The nose was dominated by green apple, lemon zest and a floral, spring flowery aroma (made me want to go chew on some flowers). Very refreshing in the mouth with great acidity and lots of citrus.
This is a really good wine for 9 bucks – nothing complex, just a fun wine to drink and enjoy with little thought. Will definitely get more of this one.
Pares Balta is a tiny, top end winery, founded in the 1930’s in an area that has been producing wine since the 1700’s. The family-owned winery produces Cavas, and still red and white wines. The vineyards are spread out over five premium estates, with a total of 176 hectares of low yielding vines. The vineyards enjoy a balmy microclimate and are located only a few miles form the Mediterranean Sea in the Penedes and Cava appellations. Pars Balt uses a multitude of grape varietals for their wines, from the traditional cava grapes of Macabeo, Xarel.lo, and Parellada; to Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for velvety rich reds; and finally, to non-traditional Catalan grape varietals such as Chardonnay or even Gewurztraminer for oak aged whites. While not an “official” organic winery, they use many eco-friendly viticulture and winemaking practices such as allowing sheep to fertilize the vineyards naturally.