Wine Tasting Video: Three Spanish Whites + a lone Californian

The second batch from a set of eight whites split extremely scientifically according to the height of the bottles – these are the stubbiest four (and the other four are here – the Furmint is a stunna)

Gaba do Xil Godello 2010, Valdeorras, Spain (£9.25 The Wine Society)
Young, tender unoaked wine, nicely textured with a slightly waxy/nutty, honeyed edge to the peach pear and green apple flavours, and a taut minerally finish. S-

Marti Fabra Verd Albera 2010, Empordà, Spain (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Lots going one here, but I’m not sure if it works. There’s an oily richness, some smokiness, touches of fleshy peach and bits of fresher citrus, but it’s all a bit disjointed. B-

Tomàs Cusiné Auzells 2010, Costers del Segre, Spain (£10.50 The Wine Society)
A much more successful blend, rich but fresh, with a rounded nutty peachiness like Viognier (even though there’s none in the blend), some sappy grapey flavours, and a fine, lean finish. B+

Parducci Deep Roots White 2010, Mendocino County, California (£10.99 – £11.99 Hallgarten Druitt)
Remarkably restrained for California, has decent tangy apple alongside classic Viognier peach kernel character and a slightly smoky finish. B(+)

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