May 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 14

WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB • 1-800-949-9463
WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB SELECT ION
Paul
&Ed ‘s
Rating:
NOSE
PALATE
CELLAR
PAIRING
COLOR
FINISH
The first thing we have to explain is that
“BS” stands for Blanco Semi-Dulce, which
translates to a white semi-sweet wine. It is
crafted by the Piérola winery in the Rioja,
under the Bodegas FyA label. Bodegas FyA
is a new project of theirs where they are
using a different style of Rioja winemak-
ing.
“Blanco Semi-Dulce” - for anyone wonder-
ing if this is a sweet wine, we can tell you
that it won’t come off that way to most
people. Most of Europe uses some form
of ”dulce” to delineate residual sugar. The
amount of sugar found in this varietal is
generally less than most Chardonnays pro-
duced in California, and the acidity is high
which balances the wine.
Our selection is a blend of 75% Viura, and
25% Malvasia. The Viura grape, or Maca-
beo, is the main white grape of Rioja, in
fact it is used in 90% of the area’s still white
wine production. The Malvasia crosses
many lines, it is used to make some fab-
ulous dessert wines. When fermented dry,
Malvasia can add delicious components to
the finished wine.
Our selection was fermented in an oak
barrel. Due to the oak fermentation, the
weight of the wine shows off on the
mid-palate compared to its unoaked
counterparts.
The Viura contributes excellent acidity
while the Malvasía brings the fruit and
complexity to the mix. The balance of the
two is impeccable. The nose is a plethora
of fresh cut flowers, roasted almonds, and
clover honey. The mouth delivers the same
but adds a touch of peach and apricot.
The finish is long with a traces of citrus.
Bs – BODEGAS FyA
Viura Malvasía, 2015
Floral, Honey, Nuts
Rich Apricot, Citrus
Now thru 2020
Seafood, Light
Meats, Fowl
Brilliant Straw
Very Floral, Crisp,
Clean
Region: Rioja, Spain • Alcohol: 12%
ITEM #:
L0517W4IS
Retail Price: $24.99/each
Member Price: $22.48/each
Reorder Price: $13.99/each
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