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Blanco Ribeiro, 2015. Formigo

Blanco Ribeiro, 2015. Formigo

Item #: L1017W4IS
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Blanco Ribeiro
Vineyard/Appellation: Ribeiro, Spain
Color: Medium Straw
Nose: Flowers and Minerals
Palate: Engaging Guava
Finish: Rich, Long and Citrusy
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Shellfish, Vegetarian/Alcohol: 12.0%

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After a few decades of doing this, I can get a feel for what a wine tastes like based on the type of grapes, where it came from and who made it. Then there are times like with this selection, when I am totally clueless.

Formigo de la Fuente is a family who has been part of the landscape in Galicia, Spain, for over a century. Galicia is a unique growing area in the Northwest corner of Spain and shares its Southern border with Portugal as well as several of its grapes. That's where the fun starts.

When we think of Galicia, we have to think of Albarino (a.k.a. Alvarinho, in Portugal). However, it plays a very small role in this wine. The principal grape here is Treixadura, a Portuguese variety found in Vinho Verde, blended with Palomino, the main grape in Sherry. In my wildest dreams I couldn't imagine what that would be like, and I was absolutely astonished when I tasted it.

The juxtaposition of flavors here is nothing short of amazing. First, you have the light and airy Treixadura taking 50% of the blend, and then the powerful Palomino contributing 30%. The expected clash turns into the unexpected resolution of lovely, translucent flavors softened by small amounts of Godello, Torront?s, Albari?o and Loureira grapes.

The result is an endless swirl of exotic flavors including, but not limited to, guava and peach, roasted hazlenuts, lime zest and apple. Simply stunning!

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