Castel d'Age

2017 Castel d'Age L'Essència del Xarel·lo Penedes


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In the past few months, here at PRIMA Vini, we have neglected the wonderful wines of Spain so I’d like to address that oversight with the inclusion of a delightful white wine from northeast Spain, the Penedes region to be more specific.  The 2017  Castell d’Age Essencia del Xarel-lo is just that, a beautiful expression of the nature of the grape variety, unadorned by oak influence.  The estate, located in the heart of the Penedes, the Alt-Penedes, is well-known for their Cava sparkling wine production but they also produce a small amount of still wine, in this case, from a single vineyard site where the vines are over 25 years of age. 

The Castell d’Age property celebrates three generations of women owners, all with the same goal of producing high-quality, expressive wines from their organically farmed vineyards.  (The estate is moving toward bio-dynamic farming.)  The Xarel-lo featured here is sourced from a vineyard composed of chalky soil, perfect for the production of Cava, but in this case, yielding a lovely, dry, delicate white wine with a slight saline quality and long, mineral aftertaste.  The low alcohol also makes it very easy to drink, either on its own or with Spanish-inspired cuisine, particularly the varied fish and vegetable dishes from Catalonia in northeast Spain.  This stylish, aromatic white just might become my current everyday white wine.  Hopefully, yours as well.