Condesa de Sarabella Viura 2008
Origin: Calatayud, Spain
Blend: Viura/Macabeo (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: January 2011
Purchase Price: $4.99
Our review: Medium stray in color, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit (banana, melon) and honey with some spice notes. The slightly sweet fruit flavors are nicely balanced on the palate, though a bit on the thin side. The finish adds some spice and maybe a bit of citrus, but is quite brief and doesn't allow for these characteristics to develop.
Our rating: This is not an exceptional example of this varietal, but given it's price, it's really not a bad one either. Probably the worst can be said about it is that it isn't memorable. It is, however, rather food-friendly; we served our bottle with broiled chicken, a good choice overall, but can see it paired with a wide variety of meat, rice, or pasta dishes. We think it's a good, if Average, change-of-pace ABC wine, and at just $5, it's definitely worth having a bottle or two on hand. (Look for a more recent vintage, if possible, as these wines are intended to be consumed young.)
Taste profile from the winemaker: "A pale straw yellow colour and strong fruity flavours of banana and citrus. On the palate the wine is well-balanced, smooth and fresh."
Winery website: Axial Vinos.