BOHIGAS XAREL·LO (ORGANIC)
Xarel·lo is a white grape variety of Spanish origin specially grown in Catalonia. With Macabeu and Parellada, is one of the three traditional varieties used to make the sparkling wine Cava. It also makes a bracingly refreshing table wine, as evidenced in this staff and store favorite.
Aged completely in stainless steel, Bohigas Xarel·lo is a light to medium-bodied wine, with crisp, fresh acidity and hints of citrus oil and green apple skins on the nose.
Made using organically farmed grapes, grown at high elevations, the juice macerates for a few hours in contact with the skins prior to being fermented in stainless steel vats. The wine sees no aging in tank before bottling, resulting in a fresh and clean wine with bright flavors.
Since the 13th century, the same family has been farming the land around Fermi Bohigas in the northern Penedes region of Catalunya at the foot of the majestic Monserrat range, about an hour northwest of Barcelona outside the town of Odena in the Anoia river valley. Jordi (father) and Maria (daughter) Casanovas are the 35th and 36th generation living on the property since the time of the Moorish occupation when the neighboring hillside served as the final outpost for the Catalans.
The 650 acre estate is split between two properties, “Can Maciá” and “Can Batllevell”. Olive trees, wild garrigue, and 260 acres of grapes are grown on the two properties and the Bohigas wines come exclusively from the Can Maciá section.
The farming here is organic, and the northern and higher altitude location makes for a perfect micro-climate than tends to be cooler than the rest of the region. The old farmhouse adjoins a century-old winery that sits atop cave cellars that are still actively used for the production of sparkling Cava, which the family has been producing from only their own vineyards since 1929. The vinifications are done in modern, stainless steel vats with perfect control of temperature and cleanliness while the cellars are still used for hand riddling of the Cava bottles.
The commitment to quality viticulture extends into the cellar where they produce balanced, mineral-driven wines that can only come from the Jura. The wines always exhibit a focused purity and intensity of flavor which maintain the cool climate typicity of this mountainous region.
What does Xarel lo taste like? Pinot Grigio meets Sauvignon Blanc comparison is quite accurate. It’s crisp, fresh and light but it’s far from lacking flavor. COMPLETELY DRY and high-toned, it’s refreshing and invigorating. Fresh and bright with tangerine, green apple, pears, and white peach flavors, there is a touch of herbs and marine brine. Bracing acidity keeps it fresh. Enjoy with seafood, salads, light chicken, and veal