Is Eric Solomon coming to his senses?
Back in the day, I sold European Cellars products. They were great wines. But many of them shared a trait of having, to my taste, excessive alcohol levels. This white wine from eastern Spain is a welcome change: fresh and well balanced and only 13% alcohol.
Fresh and bracing, Altés Herencia Blanco might become my go-to summer white wine. It’s from Terra Alta, a relatively new appellation in Tarragona, the southern part of Catalonia. The back label has all sorts of information about the soil and the DO, but nothing about varietal composition. I like this.
The bouquet is reminiscent of white wines from the Rhone valley: minerally, stony, with lime accents. The palate is medium, leaning to full-bodied, with lime and galangal and bracing acidity.
A bargain at $8.99. At that price, worth seeking out. Imported by European Cellars, Charlotte, NC.