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Envinate Benje Blanca 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A tantalizing Canary Island white.

Producer/Winery: Envinate; Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, Spain.

Grape Variety: Listan Blanco (Palomino Fino).

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Ycoden Daute Isora; Tenerife; Canary Islands, Spain.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $18.90 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Cheese tortellini, grilled chicken and squash, cherry tomatoes with fresh pesto source and Parmesan cheese on top.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, but with a tiny tinge of cloudiness, oat straw color. Light ripe apple, ocean salt spray and sweet spice aromas. Bone dry, dusty, bitter and very slightly orange wine-like mouth feel, medium body and 150-grit texture. Apple, salty mineral and bitter grapefruit flavors. Although not very acidic there was enough to call it fresh acidity and a very long bitter finish with a salty mineral aftertaste that goes on and on. Unusual white wine, little fruit, lots of mineral and a strong bitterness from start to finish. All this may sound negative, but it’s actually quite an enthralling wine. After the first few sips we thought it was just a garden variety Mediterranean white; However, as it warmed we discovered a wide range of tastes and it really grew on us. Outstanding paired with the chicken and pesto sauce and a very enticing sipping wine after the dinner. This was one of the most interesting wines we’ve had in a long time and in the end we called it a tantalizing Canary Island white.

The Envinate high elevation Canary Island Benje vineyard
Photo from José Pastor Selections.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Wax sealed 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Llaurador Wines; Fairfax, California.