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Spain’s Utiel-Requena region is known for
rustic reds; this new-wave Sauvignon Blanc
shows it can produce refined whites, too.
What You Need To Know
Ambitious vintners all over Spain are
creating thrilling wines in formerly forgotten regions like Bierzo
and Utiel-Requena, the source of this Sauvignon Blanc. Dominio
de la Vega is a young winery created by three friends and
business partners, Fermín Pardo, Emilio Expósito and Álvaro
Faubel. They purchased a magnificent 19th-century estate, Casa
del Conde, which came surrounded by vineyards. Although
focused mainly on high-quality cava, Dominio de la Vega produces
some still wines, mainly based on local grapes such as Bobal, the
region’s flagship red variety. But the team draws on newer
plantings of French grapes, too, to produce impressive renditions
of international varieties like this Sauvignon Blanc. Its creamy
texture comes from three months of aging in French oak barrels;
touches of Chardonnay and the native Macabeo variety.
Bright notes of lemon curd
Zesty, exotic citrus and
tropical fruit flavors have a
Herbal or citrusy fish,
shellfish and poultry dishes.