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Marqués de Alella, D.O. Alella

Fifteen kilometres north of Barcelona, the D.O. Alella is one of Spain's smallest denominations of origin. Quality Cava producer, Parxet, owns a winery in Alella that works under the brand-name Marqués de Alella. Marqués de Alella is set apart from other Alella producers by their outstanding work with the Cava grape, Xarel.lo, known locally as Pansa Blanca.

Grown on granitic sand, the dominant aromatic is distinctly like beach sand (in line with the pronounced earthiness the variety demonstrates in its Cava grape guise as Xarel.lo). Reminiscent of good Pinot Gris in certain respects, the wine is full of fruit and soft at the front, and has a rip of nice fat ripe spicy natural acidity at the back. It's clean, characterful-but-uncomplicated and very darned good.

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Wine Description RRP
Alella
$33.00