Armas de Guerra Blanco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A historic winery founded in 1879, making wines with old vines 50+ years old, from dry-farmed vineyards. Guerra controls one-third of all the vineyard land in Bierzo (1,000ha - 2,471 acres) and only makes wine with the best 10% of the grapes harvested.
RATING HISTORY:2018 89IWR; 2015 89VN; 2013 88IWC
GRAPE:85% Dona Blanca, 15% Godello. Vines planted from 1955 to 2008. Tended in river stone and clay soil at 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:The traditional food match is seafood, especially the local Galician shellfish specialties like scallops, mussels, clams, lobster, crab and oysters. In fact, the scallop shell is the longtime symbol of Galicia and the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Pilgrams walking the journey would bring back Galician scallop shells as proof that they completed the journey to the “end of the world” which at that time was the western coast of Spain.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Pre-fermentative cold maceration during 8 hours. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 10 days. 100% unoaked.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located mostly in the lower valley of the Bierzo region. The vines are tended in clay and river stones. The average elevation of the vineyards is 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation. Temperature from April to October average 16.3C (61.3F) with annual rainfall of 626mm (24.6").
TASTING NOTES:Light straw-yellow. Citrus zest and fresh pit fruits on the perfumed nose, joined by hints of chamomile and fennel as the wine opens up. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering fleshy pear, peach and Meyer lemon flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Finishes on a lively orange pith note, showing good persistence and a hint of florality.
ALCOHOL CONTENT:2016: 12.5% / 2017: 12.0%
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.86 lbs (.39 kg)
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