We find this wine to be one of the Spain’s finest Viogniers, showing world class quality while offering a distinctivly Spanish character. Made specially for Spanish-Wine-Exclusives this rich, floral white is a clear, straw color. Now with time in bottle the nose has gained additional complexity, fragrant with white flowers, honeysuckle and mulberry leaf scents along with hints of dried dandelion and orange peel. Still lively, the balanced and ample palate offers honeydew melon and golden apple flavors with touches of soft anise, white flower and bee pollen and a hint of butterscotch. The finish is long, floral and smooth, and closes with lingering honey, wax and cut hay tones. An outstanding Spanish take on aged Viognier.
Serve with arugela or watercress salads, baked clams, roasted poultry or pork tenderloin or aged chesses.
Lazarus Wine is one of the most exciting and interesting winemaking projects we have encountered in Spain. It has pioneered a new winemaking method, Sensorial Winemaking, which incorporates the extraordinary sensitivity of blind people trained in winemaking. Their skills are employed across the production cycle, from in the vineyard, at harvest and throughout the elaboration process.
Each bottle reflects both the purity of aromatics and flavors the blind winemakers help bring to the finished wine and the winery’s unique terroir in Ribera del Gallego – Cinco Villas in the northeast of Spain. The vineyards are 500 meters above sea level with soil composed of large, round alluvial stones (like the galets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) and calcareous clay, and are subject to a continental climate. The result is some of the most expressive Syrah, Merlot and Viognier made in Spain today.
The Braille on the award winning wrap-around label reads: “The blind, thanks a high sensitivity of taste and smell, are able to achieve very precise sensory abilities. They are able to detect deviations during the wine elaboration process, anticipating potential problems, allowing time to correct them in order to ensure richer aromatics and structures reach the mouth.”
Click Here for more on the label design by Baud of Madrid (in Spanish).
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Appellation: Ribera del Gallego - Cinco Villas VT
Blend: 100% Viognier
Aging Level: -
Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels, at a lower temperature than usual, taking extra time complete (2-3 months). One additional month ageing in barrel on lees. Then aging for one year in stainless steel tank to integrate the oak aromas and flavors.
SWE Portfolio: Boutique Wine
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): $23