2014 Doña Blanca
I haven't made this wine since 2009, and I'm excited to be working with this blend again. Doña Blanca is comprised of Garnacha Blanca, the white variety of Garnacha, and Malvasia Bianca, an ancient grape (maybe from Greece) that has been cultivated in Spain for centuries. Blending these two grapes is common in the Navarre region of Spain, and I've named the wine after two queens born in the region (circa 1100 and 1400).
The Malvasia contributes floral tones to the bouquet that carries all the way from the nose through the long finish. This is a fruity, dry wine -- without sweetness -- with a touch of minerality from the Garnacha Blanca. Flavors of ripe pear, gooseberry, and a twist of lime zest make this a perfect sipping wine during those hot Summer afternoons.
If you're in the mood for seafood, pair Doña Blanca with raw oysters on the half-shell, mussels, crab, ceviche, sashimi, abalone, and sand dabs. It will drink well with chicken, pasta with light sauces, caprese salad, fruit tarts, rice pudding, and soft cheeses.
- Varietal Composition: 50% Garnacha Blanca, 50% Malvasia Bianca