2019 Mixtura Blanco

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We taste a lot of wine over at Art of Cellaring. Sometimes nearly a hundred wines in a day (if we're lucky). There's an abundance of wine all the time, and it's difficult to stand out in a sea of truly top-tiered options. Recently I had a Spanish white wine that will likely be one of my top wines of the year come the end of 2022. Mixtura Blanco is both exciting and divisive. It's a pioneering mix of Galician grape varieties that blends across borders between Spain and Portugal. On first aroma, it captures the zeitgeist of all of our favorite young winegrowers in Burgundy today: Flinty Reduction, Salinity, and Sourdough with an intensely satisfying texture to broach into the fuller side of medium-body. It's the greatest Spanish white I have had in some time, and an immediate frontrunner in the exciting conversations that are to be had around Galician white wines. Here's the story. 

I've worked with Spanish importer De Maison Selections for over a decade, and if you were at the Spanish grower tasting a few weeks ago you'll recognize the name. About a month ago, Holly Wing from De Maison flew in from Portland and brought me a sample of what she claimed could be Spain's next iconic white wine. For those who follow Spanish wine, you'll know how few Spanish wines fall into that category that aren't also Sherry. The list would begin with Lopez de Heredia's set of Rioja Blancos, Do Ferreiro "Cepas Vellas", and Raul Perez's "Sketch", and after that any sommelier's ability to claim a Spanish white wine as 'iconic' would slow down immensely at risk of losing credibility.

This is an opportunity to try the first vintage of what is certain to be an icon wine of Galicia.. I fully believe it to be a breakthrough and breakout wine for Galicia, and its enigmatic cross-border construction and embrace of Burgundian ideals would be difficult to repeat anywhere. The winemaker, Gutier Seijo Otero, is a Galicia native who gained extensive experience as winemaker at the Dominio do Bibei winery in Ribeira Sacra. Bibei is undoubtedly one of the leaders in many of the great white Galician wines of the last 10-15 years. He continues the groundbreaking work that he began with Dominio do Bibei at his new domaine Mixtura, combining concrete egg fermentations and Stockinger barrels with abandoned vineyards of old vine native grapes rescued from history. The first release is a poetic ballad to the whites of Galicia as a whole, defying geopolitical boundaries and blending grape varieties sources from across the various river valleys that stretch through Green Spain. At its heart, Mixtura is a river wine, guiding the drinker downstream along the Miño river from its source and through the native varieties at each point of the river. You'll find old vine Treixadura from high altitude vineyards in Ribeiro in decomposed granite (sabrego) soils. The Albariño is a story of two sources. The first is a vineyard in Condado do Tea, the southernmost subzone of Rías Baixas, bordering Portugal. The vineyard is south-facing, located at an altitude of 400 meters, planted on sandy soils of decomposed granite, with an Atlantic climate warmer than the neighboring Salnés Valley subzone. The other part of the Albariño for the blend comes from Melgaço, a village and sub-zone of the Portuguese Vinho Verde D.O. The soils here are also sandy decomposed granite and are influenced by a cool Atlantic climate.

I can promise you will find in this bottle an honest and unique expression of the native grapes found along the river valleys of Northwestern Spain and Portugal. The Treixadura offers texture and density while the Albarino lends its nuanced jasmine aromatics and salinity. Both of these local grapes are filtered through a truly contemporary Burgundian aesthetique that anyone who enjoys Hubert Lamy or Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey would appreciate and be excited by. The 2019 vintage offers a cooler expression with a fine line of tracing acidity throughout, and it will reward 5-10 years of aging, but offers joy immediately. I encourage everyone who finds any of this just the least bit interesting to pick up a bottle.

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