First Sign of Spring - Sunshine and a Delicious White Blend from Spain


2013 Can Feixes 'Blanc Selecció'
(40%) Parellada (30%) Macabeo
(20%) Chardonnay (10%) Malvasia 
Penedés DO, Spain 
12% Alcohol

Highly Recommended

Since the snow has melted and the mercury has risen above the 6o degree mark, nothing has been on my mind more than drinking wine on the patio. Sun streaming through the trees. Bare feet. A warm breeze. Pure salvation from the frigid cold and long doldrums of Chicago winter.

I found this bottle from Can Feixes at Vin Chicago for a mind-boggling $13 several months ago, but I couldn't get myself to drink this bottle when it was colder than 50 degrees outside. April 2nd shows up, it's 65 degrees and sunny, and all I could think about at work was my patio, this wine, and the aforementioned abundant sunshine. 

The Blanc Selecció is made from a unique blend of certified organic grapes from the Penédes Denominació D'Origen in northeast Spain. The Penédes region is a bit of an anomaly in Spain in that it is a large producer of cava but it also produces white wines that are similar to those in Chablis, fresh and mineral driven with aging potential. The region is characterized by having very poor (meaning low in nutrients), well-drained soils and the grapes for this particle bottle are sourced from high-altitude, gravelly soils.

In the glass, the wine is pale lemon/straw colored. Mild lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange notes on the nose with chalky minerality and a hint of citrus rind bitterness. The intensity on the nose is not overwhelming but the nuance and complexity is apparent. 

On the palate, bone-dry with racy acidity and a healthy backbone of minerality. The citrus on the nose is reflected on the palate and continues to a simple but long and persistent finish. There is a surprising amount of body on this wine and I like it, which I'm guessing is from the Malvasia. Super, super fresh overall with great clarity and purity. 

This wine is easy to drink and thoughtlessly enjoyable but I also hesitate to categorize it as a "summer" wine, since many wine writers relegate a lot of crap white wine to that role. This blend far exceeds that status and at 12% alcohol, would be a great aperitif to a nice dinner party or to pair with oysters and other light seafood.