MATT'S WINE NOT! MIGUEL TORRES VINA ESMERALDA 2008 SPANISH WHITE WINE

Here we go yet again dear reader, another wine for your review and consideration. And no! I am not a lush...this isn't the second bottle I've gone through in as many days, so Alcoholics Anonymous meetings won't be required anytime soon.

Ah Spain. Home of the 1992 Summer Games, Manuel from "Fawlty Towers," the Armada, and now, this good white wine.

Esmeralda is actually a blend, 85% Moscatel de Alejandria and 15% Gewurztraminer. What the hell are those? That's what Google is for! Ah, strangely enough, they are grapes!, with the former apparently being one of the oldest unmodified (genetically) in existence. Cool!

Although from an Old World country, this wine has joined the screw-top cap brigade and greets the glass with a very light yellow hue, lighter than my amateur photographics to the left might suggest.

Bright appley (?) notes hit the nose, coupled with floral notes and a little zing! Taste wise, it too is appley, with little aftertaste, without a huge alcohol kick.

It is light and clean to the taste, with slight sweetness brought on by the apple and floral notes.

I suppose this wine, like a few others thus far, was nothing to knock off my proverbial socks (NOTE: I do not wear socks at home), but with much gusto, I wrote in my notes that this wine was "pretty nice." This white Spanish wine is clean and crisp, and easy to drink. At an affordable price as well (as if I review any other type! Until those vineyards start sending me bottles by the crate *wink wink nudge nudge*) this wine is well worth the time and money to enjoy on a warm Summer's day.

***1/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) Store for C$12.95 (US$11.73).

From LCBO.com:

MIGUEL TORRES VINA ESMERALDA 2008, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #113696
Wine, White Wine
11.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: MD
Made in: Penedes, Spain
By: Miguel Torres, S.A.

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