Celler del Roure Cullerot Verdil Blanco Blend 2018

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Cellar del Roure's sandy-loam vineyards are at 600 metres altitude, nestled under Sierra La Solana. The nearest town, Moixent, is an hour south-west and inland from Valencia city. Clariano is the official sub-zone name of this hilly south-western part of sprawling Valencia. 'Terres de Alforins' is an unofficial sub-regional name adopted by several quality producers around the town of Fontanars dels Alfarins on the flank of the mountains (a group led by Pablo). Due south across the mountains is the north-western reach of DO Alicante, where lie Pepe Mendoza's vineyards in Entrena.

The white 2018 Cullerot had just been bottled when I tasted it. It's a wine that was born as an accident and has changed a lot, and it's now produced with a blend of (mostly) local varieties sourced from different growers—approximately 25% Macabeo and 25% Pedro Ximenez and 10% each Malvasía, Tortosina, Verdil, Chardonnay and other whites. It matured in buried 2,600-liter tinaja for six months. The summer was wet and cool, which benefited whites (it was a more challenging year for reds), and they got a good crop and could sort and select the best grapes. The wine is fine and elegant, Mediterranean and spicy, with notes of fennel and aniseed. It also has a balsamic, bay leaf-like note. It's long and narrow, with good freshness and acidity, in line with the 2016. Very tasty and a bargain for the price. LUIS GUTIERREZ, RobertPArker.com