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Lignum Blanco, 2018. Albet I Noya

Lignum Blanco, 2018. Albet I Noya

Item #: U0321W1IS
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: White Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Penedes, Spain
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Apple, Peach
Palate: Luscious Tropical Notes
Finish: Very Fresh
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Shellfish/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Wines with stories always fascinate us. In almost every case, fascinating stories produce fascinating wines. In this case, it's a horse race between the story and the wine. You can decide which is more fascinating. We can't.

Joan Albet arrived in the Penedes region in 1903. He began working in vineyards in this northeastern province of Spain. He was able to earn enough money to start making his own wine. The name, Lignum Blanco translates to "white wood," which probably refers to the barrels the wine is aged in. The word "noya" means "not now" in Spanish, and we can't even guess where this name came from.

The winery is run by the fifth generation of the Albet family. How they became totally organic is another fascinating story. A Danish company went to Spain in the late 1970s looking for organic vineyards. When they stopped at the Albet's winery, the family honestly told them that they weren't organic, but they'd become so if they could strike a deal to sell the wine to the company. So, began their venture into organic grape growing.

The grapes for this selection are a blend of Chardonnay, Xarello, and Sauvignon Blanc. Xarello is considered the finest white of the Penedes, and it certainly shows here. Only the Chardonnay was aged in oak for two months. This added a touch of vanilla to go with the exotic mix of the other grapes, which begs for a poached snapper in soy and ginger or scallops in a white wine and saffron sauce.

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