Atlántida Blanco$40 and under
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A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes orange blossom, fresh and dried stone fruits, confit of meyer lemon. On the palate, weighty and lifted all at once, with a startling confluence of mineral, savory and fruit flavors. Juicy tangerine and meyer lemon lead to a savory, floral mid palate, finishing with dusty mineral and a pronounced salinity, no doubt owing to its seaside provenance.
Alberto Orte, co-founder of Olé & Obrigado, is a man of few words and great humility. This taciturn demeanor belies an acute intellect and profound talent for extrapolating what he has learned from history and making it new again. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the wines he makes, which are history projects unto themselves. Bringing nearly forgotten grape varieties and ancient techniques back to Jerez, and expressing the story of a place with authenticity and purity – this is his imprimatur. Atlántida Blanco is one such project, an homage to his homeland of Cádiz, using a grape that had not been seen in a century in Cádiz or Jerez to craft a wine of unmistakable provenance. Balance, aromatic intensity and a direct line to terroir are his mission, and Atlántida Blanco exemplifies the focus of his talent. More than showing a piece of himself, Alberto prefers to let the sun and chalky soils of southern Spain speak for themselves, and with this wine, they do just that in great measure.click here for more information.