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Domaine Lafage Cadireta Blanc 2015, Chardonnay/Viognier

Offering lots of spiced stone fruits, citrus blossom and subtle minerality, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Cadireta is medium-bodied, classy and fresh, with bright acidity giving some lift to its fruit. Made from 95% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier that was raised mostly in stainless steel (it was aged on Sauvignon Blanc lees), it’s another rock-solid white from this terrific estate.

 

Pago de Valdoneje Mencia 2015

The just bottled, unoaked, entry level red, a favorite among the young Mencías, is the 2015 Pago de Valdoneje; this wine shows the character of 2015, which was a warm, ripe vintage that provided concentrated wines. This is juicy, ripe, very attractive and heady, quite open and showy. It even made me think of a young Port, with some herbal aromas, not because it’s heavy at all, as the palate is really balanced and is medium-bodied. Power, character and rustic elegance at very affordable prices. 

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