White Blend, 2015. First One

White Blend, 2015. First One

Item #: C1217W2IS
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: White Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Ribeiro, Spain
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Exotic Blend of Mango, Quince
Palate: Lovely Mango, Hints of Apple
Finish: Elongated Spice
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Shellfish, Seafood/Alcohol: 11.5%
Availability: Out of Stock
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First One is crafted by Vina Costeria, the largest producer in Spain's Ribeiro region, accounting for more than 40% of the production there. Founded in 1968, Vina Costeria's mission is to make Ribeiro white wines in "the best and most ancient tradition."

This region has a long winemaking history. On First One's label, the seal emblazed with the year 1492 refers to the fact that there is ample evidence that wines from this area were carried on the ship with Christopher Columbus. Most likely, a Ribeiro wine was the first wine to reach the New World. Thus, the name First One.

Ribiero is in the northwest pocket of Spain, which forms the northern border of Portugal and ends at the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most unique wine areas on the planet. The area is mostly cool and damp, traditionally not the best conditions for growing grapes. But a few grapes like it, and those are the ones you'll find here.

Maybe the grapes blended in this selection are not household names, but they should be. Treixadura, Torrontes, Loureira, Albarino and Godello varietals are all in the mix, and each adds its own color and flavor profile, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. These grapes are all indigenous to Ribeiro, a few of which also grow in Portugal's acclaimed Vinho Verde region.

This wine is very exciting. The exotic flavors include, but are not limited to, mango, papaya, quince and apple with an amazing finish.

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