Bodegas Edetària, "Via Edetana" 2019
Garnatxa Blanca-Viognier｜Terra Alta, Spain
It’s worth yelling from the rooftops: Spain is, hands down, one of the most exciting countries for wine today. Nowhere else are so many small, indie farmers experimenting with organic and hands-off processes or making such paradigm-shattering wines.
And so it is with Bodegas Edetària, a solar-powered, organically farmed, family winery in the fittingly-named Terra Alta, a high-elevation region in southern Catalunya. Owner and winemaker Joan Àngel Lliberia took over the property from his parents and has dedicated his life to protecting the indigenous grapes of his region. In fact, Terra Alta is home to nearly 33% of the entire world’s plantings of the Garnatxa Blanca grape.
Their “Via Edetana” white is a blend of 70% Garnatxa Blanca (the white-skinned variant of Grenache) and 30% Viognier. Fermented in a blend of large neutral vats and stainless steel, the wine is chameleonic in its grip, aromatic perfume, and crisp pulverized-stone mineral finish. Discover juicy peach aromas, honeysuckle, white tea, and a hint of saline on the nose. The palate comes in defined, precise, and gloriously stony, with limestone bite, savory apricot pit, white peach, jasmine, and a clean, fresh finish. One of the magical “does it all” whites that will satisfy fans of linear, high acid styles and those who savor a richer profile.
The Via Edetana was an ancient Roman highway that ran across the region – established some 2000 years ago, it connected vital Spanish ports to the inland; one can still see remnants of the road and ancient aqueducts to this day. It’s known as the "land that seduced Picasso" – he spent more than a year in the sleepy town of Horta de Sant Joan, in Terra Alta, refining the style that would come to define him in his later years. The land is overwhelmingly gorgeous: from the terraced stone hillsides covered in olive trees and grapevines, to the cadre of exciting wines coming from here.
Gloriously food friendly, but will also go perfectly with a dose of sunshine and some friends. Complimentary shipping on six. Cheers!
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