365 Paul Valmer Chardonnay 2011

Another offering from the Iberian Peninsula – this time a Spanish white.  By the name, of course, you can tell it’s one of the Whole Foods private label selections.  I actually purchased the Tres Ojos Garnacha on the same trip.  Although I didn’t plan on getting only Spanish wines, I guess I was in a Spanish frame of mind that day.

This wine was labeled as Vino de la Tierra de Castilla.  As I’m not especially well versed in wines from Spain, I did a little research to find out what that means.  Turns out that the Vino de la Tierra is a kind of geographic (and wine quality) classification that is one step below the well-known Denominación de Origen (DO).  Akin to the French “Vin de Pays,” the Vino de la Tierra designation represents a wine quality above simple “table wine.”

Winemaker:  Felix Solis for Whole Foods
Wine: 365 Paul Valmer White Wine
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2011
Appellation: Castilla, Spain
Price: $5.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  This Spanish white was a pale yellow in the glass.  For me the bouquet held primarily citrus.  On the palate this was a very, very light-bodied wine.  Sipping it, I found a somewhat sweet Chardonnay with flavors of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and melon along with some toasty spice notes and bitter grass on the finish.  Acidity was good, and the label puts alcohol at 12.5%.  The problem here in my opinion is that it is so light.  When chilled, it comes across very tight with mostly the grass and a bit of citrus.  As it warmed to room temperature, the rest of the flavors were coaxed out.  So you might consider room temperature (or less chilled, anyway) as an option when serving it.  Even then, the flavors were pretty faint to me.   As a result, I’m not sure this wine would stand up well to much in the way of food.  Maybe a salad or some young cheese.

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