2017 Priorat Blanc, "Joan Gine" (Buil & Gine)
Buil & Gine, Priorat Blanc "Joan Gine", Priorat, Spain, 201740% Garnacha Blanca, 36% Macabeo, 20% Viognier, 4% Pedro Ximenez RIPE MELON & GUANABANA, UNCTUOUS & FRESH Wine is like a grandfather in many ways. We all think ours is the best. In this case, we're right. As unyielding and characterful as our grandfathers tend to be, the Joan Giné is named for the winemaker's grandfather. The rationale was probably more endearing, but it is a timely personification of the poor, slate/quartz soils of Priorat that fetch the region its fame and fortune. After their vines have sifted through these soils, the juice then wises up for 8 months in new French oak barrels. It's fleshy and juicy with mature layers of tropical fruits, white flowers, and stack stone minerality. Serving Suggestion: Lobster rolls in the tradition of Maine. Lemon risotto with or without pan-seared scallops and garnished with arugula pesto. Almond-vanilla rice pudding.