Xarel.lo

VARIETAL

100% Xarel.lo

APPELLATION

Penedes, Spain

 

Xarel.lo

Fresh with aromas of juicy peach abounding on the nose, accented by notes of orange peel, it is well-balanced with vibrant acidity and pronounced mineral qualities. Fruit, acid, and body come together seamlessly to showcase the wine’s elegance. A native grape of the region, Albet i Noya’s expression of Xarel.lo is pure, vinified entirely in stainless steel to showcase the natural characteristics of the varietal. Enjoy young.

 

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2015

Wine Enthusiast - 87 pts

Peach and yeast aromas are mostly fresh. This Xarello has a citrus-like palate with the suggestion of spritz. Melon, green banana and papaya flavors finish with mild pithy bitterness but nothing off-putting.

M. Schachner, August 2016

2011

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 87 pts

Bright straw. Lemon zest, chalk and white flowers on the nose and palate. Racy and precise if a bit tart, with good finishing cut and clarity.

J. Raynolds, September 2012

Wine Advocate - 88 pts

The 2011 Xa Xarello, from 53-year-old vines in the Ordal Mountain area, receives a five-day skin contact and no oak aging. It has a clean, resinous bouquet with touches of pine. The palate is well-balanced, simple but clean, with fresh dried apricot, lemongrass and citrus lemon notes that lead to a harmonious, crisp waxy finish. This represents fine value. Drink now.

N. Martin, April 2012

Wine Enthusiast - 85 pts

Peach and citrus aromas are light, mellow and clean. This is fresh, lifted and slightly spritzy in feel, with citrus, lime, green melon and apple flavors that finish crisp and clean.

M. Schachner, February 2013

2010

Wine Advocate - 87 pts

The 2010 Xarel-lo Classic displays notes of mineral, baking spices, spring flowers, and melon. Vibrant and refreshing on the palate, in the glass, lime and apple elements make an appearance leading to a seamless finish. Drink it over the next 12-18 months. Albet I Noya is a progressive winery that farms organically and is willing to experiment.

J. Miller, May 2010

2009

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 88 pts

Light yellow-gold. Citrus, pit fruits and herbs on the nose, lifted by honeysuckle and ginger topnotes. Spicy and focused, with subtle aromatic lift to the racy flavors of lemon zest, nectarine and dusty minerals. At once tactile and silky, displaying good racy cut and clarity. Finishes with refreshing verve and a slight dryness, the lemon note repeating.

J. Raynolds, September 2010

2008

Decanter - Bronze Medal

Youthful citrus, herb and apple fruit. Light and refreshing with good balance. Great value.

2009 Wine Awards

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 89 pts

Bright yellow. Musky lemon pith and herbal aromas are complemented by honeycomb and jasmine. More complex (or simply more evolved) than the 2009, with gently sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of fresh fig. Finishes with good spicy lift and a touch of white pepper. This will be very flexible at the table.

J. Raynolds, September 2010