Enric Soler, Penedes Xarel-lo/Malvasia "Istiu", 2018

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If there were just one producer of Catalonian still whites to try — made from Xarel-lo of course! — it would be Enric Soler, a star sommelier who eventually gave up service to make wines at his family's traditional estate. For this wine, he blends the Xarello with Malvasia and ages the wine in oversize barrels to avoid oakiness. It's a rare wine, as under 1000 bottles are produced every year, and something to jump on when you find!
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Enric Soler

It’s rare that we find a winemaker who focuses all of his attention, all of his energy, on one grape variety—but that’s exactly what Enric Soler does, in the Penedès, with that region’s most noble grape, Xarel-lo.

Enric was working as a sommelier in Barcelona until the death of his grandfather inspired him to pack up and move back to his ancestral homeland, where his grandfather had planted vines in the 1940s. He embarked on a deeply personal project to create three different wines from three different plots of Xarel-lo, planted at different times and on different soil types.

Predominantly known as one of the three main grapes blended into Cava, Xarel-lo (cha-rel-lo) produces incredibly aromatic and complex still wines. Enric’s are unlike any other Spanish white wine we know—bright and herbal, with notes of citrus and fennel, but deeply concentrated. In each of his cuvées runs a minerality that belies the inherent richness of the grape. We can’t get enough!

Each plot is farmed biodynamically, and minimalism is the name of the game both in the vineyards and in the cellar. A keen sense of balance, honed by Enric’s somm years, is the defining feature of his wines.

Details

  • Country

    Spain

  • Region

    Catalonia

  • Grape Variety

    Malvasia , Xarel-lo

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied