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El Progreso

El Progreso
2016 Airen, Tierra de Castilla

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Other Spanish White

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$8.99
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El Progreso
2016 Airen, Tierra de Castilla

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Other Spanish White

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 11.5%
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of almond tea cakes, orange marmalade, lemon butter, and apple tart with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, breezy wet stone and marsh grasses finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing wine with vibrant acidity: a nice aperitif.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: almond tea cakes, orange marmalade, lemon butter, and apple tart
Taste Flavor: wet stone and marsh grasses
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Poached Scallops With Chorizo Butter, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp and refreshing wine with vibrant acidity: a nice aperitif.

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The most famous white wines in Spain besides a Rioja Blanca and Albariño are those made from grapes such as Moscatel, Verdejo, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The latter is grown in several regions and most versions are light and meant for early consumption, although there are a few oak-aged version with vanilla and baked apple flavors that can stand up to most seafood.

Examples of Verdejo - sometimes blended with Viura, the principal white variety of white Rioja, are refreshing dry whites with flavors of nectarine and white flowers that are meant to be drink young with tapas or shellfish. These wine are priced in the $10-$12 category.