2007 Condesa de Sarabella Viura

2007 Condesa de Sarabella ViuraPrice: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Evaki

What They Said:

Per the Importer “Made from ancient low yield viura bush vines planted in the Denomination De Origen high in the mountains of northern spain. It has rich aromas of banana and citrus fruits. Serve as a aperitif or with rice dishes, fish and shellfish.”

What I Think:

Viura was a new grape to me so I did some research. The Wine Info Site was the first stop where I learned this; “In Spain, Macabeo is an important variety for the production of white wine. In Rioja this variety is called Viura.” I paused for a second before moving on as this one is from Catalyud which is a nearby neighbor of Rioja where they apparently use Viura to describe the grape as well. Next, the Wine Geeks clued me in to that “Together with the varietals Parellada and Xarel-lo it is used in the production of the sparkling Spanish wine Cava.”. I dig Cava, cool.

Thoroughly educated I open the bottle. Take a sniff…No banana that’s for sure. Some light fruits on top of notes of grass and hay. On the tongue the initial impression is of Viognier based on the up front viscosity. As we reach the mid palate my thought shifts to a light Sauvignon Blanc which lasts all the way through the citrusy finish. All in all, this wine does not stand up and get noticed and could easily be considered plain. I’ve seen it referred to as a “pleasant little white” which I think is a perfect description. Interested in experiencing something new? Give it a try. Otherwise look elsewhere.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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  1. I’ve been into wines for many years, have a large, varied collection, and have been accused frequently of making great choices. For some reason though, no matter how much time I spend drinking and learning about wines, all the analytical subtleties and jargon still seem to elude me. I just recognize good wine.

    So what am I leading up to? This Viura has become one of my favorite whites, and not because of the low price, although that certainly enhances the pleasure. Yeah, I get all the varietal comparisons, but instead, just think it is refreshingly distinct. I could go on about how I like its acidity, unusual fruit, minerality, and lack of oakiness, etc., but am simply offering an alternate perspective for those who, based on the review alone, might be scared away from trying this delightful wine.

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