Quinta da Muradella 2017 'Alanda' Blanco, Monterrei DO
Item Number: 13799
Sub Region: Monterrei
Appellation/AVA: Monterrei DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 30% Dona Blanca / 30% Treixadura / 30% Verdello / 10% Monstruosa de Monterrei
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: slate, granite and clay
Elevation: 1,181-2,296 feet
Winemaking Notes: Each grape variety is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation occurs naturally utilizing indigenous yeast that live on the skin of the grapes. The Treixadura portion of the blend macerates for 2 days. Doña Blanca has historically been felt by many to be a lowly grape with no quality potential, similar to Airen, but in the right wine growing and winemaking hands, it can produce startling wines of depth and complexity. Treixadura is a grape featured in many of the best wines from Rias Baixas.
Tasting Notes: The nose shows no fruit, as if the wine was made of stones, serious and austere, still young and undeveloped. The medium-bodied palate fills your mouth and coats its inside with fennel and wet stone flavors and a clean thread of fine acidity that makes it intense and long. This is just plain great and should develop in bottle gaining in complexity and mellowing down. Super fresh and mineral, with very high potential. Bravo! At this quality, the price looks fantastic.
93pts (2018 Vintage) Wine Advocate 5/21/2020
"The white 2018 Alanda Blanco has a little Albariño to complete the vat, as 2018 was very low yielding year, and even a very small percentage of that variety has given the wine a floral and somehow more fruit-driven twist. The palate is as mineral as always, with the texture and granularity, the character of previous vintages. It's mostly a touch in the nose that is different."