Felix Solis, Los Molinos Airén, Valdepeñas, Spain
Tasting Note: My number one choice for two summers running for a summer house wine that is tart, refreshing and costs less than a CocaCola at Disney World.
This wine is made from the Airén grape which has more acres under vine (primarily in Spain) than any grape varietal in the world, yet few people know of the grape or because it is primarily used to make the base wine for brandy.
Airén when used to make wine, produces neutral, high-acid wine but this producer has figured out a way to let the grape shine.
Pale lemon-yellow-to-gold in color this wine has a nose of pear and green apple and lemon citrus.
On the palate the dry, light-bodied Airén expresses flavors of under-ripe, green-apple tart and finishes with notes of minerality and medium-plus acidity.
This wine is straightforward, simple, and does its job of being exactly what I need a white wine to be for summer –low alcohol, cold, zesty, inexpensive and guilt-free to open “another” bottle.
Bottle Note: This wine is made from a careful selection of Airén grapes. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature. This preserves the wine’s naturally fresh flavors. This wine is pale yellow in color. Light on the palate with moderate acidity and good balance. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to light dishes, especially soups, fish, poultry and seafood. Best served between 45 and 52°F. Best-selling young D.O. wine in Spain according to Nielsen data.
Importer: Luneau USA, Westport, Connecticut
Tasting Date: July 6, 2016