May 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 13

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WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB SELECT ION
Paul
&Ed ‘s
Rating:
NOSE
PALATE
CELLAR
PAIRING
COLOR
FINISH
Tempranillo Blanco? Who knew? It cer-
tainly was a first for us. It was only discov-
ered in 1988 as a mutation of the regal
Tempranillo red grape from Rioja. This is
unique, but not unheard of. Grapes like
Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and
Chardonnay (once called Pinot Chardon-
nay) are all a direct kin of their red coun-
terparts.
Bodegas Fernández de Piérola, founded
in 1996, is a relative newcomer in the
Rioja where grapes have been planted
for over 2,000 years. It is a moder-
ate-sized family-run operation in the cen-
ter of Rioja known as the Rioja Alavesa
region. It began with the family vineyards
in Moreda where there is an expansive
history of wine. Slowly but surely, this win-
ery has grown leaps and bounds.
Unlike the whites made here just a few
decades ago, these new whites of Spain
are clean and fresh, utilizing cold fermen-
tation and very careful handling to pre-
serve the flavors of the grape.
Our selection is barrel fermented so there
is that hint of vanilla, which blends per-
fectly with the tropical fruit scents. The
palate is a unique fusion of pineapple,
herbs, and fresh peach. It is not only a
unique find but in a class of its own. It is
gripping to the very end.
FERNÁNDEZ DE PIÉROLA
Tempranillo Blanco, 2015
Tropical
Banana, Fresh Herbs
Now through 2018
Seafood, Light Meats,
Fowl
Medium Gold
Substantial, Gripping
Region: Rioja, Spain • Alcohol:
13%
ITEM #:
L0517W3IS
Retail Price: $24.99/each
Member Price $22.48/each
Reorder Price $13.99/each
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