Armas de Guerra Blanco 2018
Castilla y León, Spain
Doña Blanca 15%, Godello 85%
Armas de Guerra is the oldest winery in Bierzo and one of the oldest wineries in Spain, established way back in 1879. It translates as "Weapons of War", alluding to their annual battle against the elements to keep their vineyards (which on average are 50-years-old) healthy and make the best possible wines.
They have stuck with tradition and champion the local grapes of Bierzo, an ancient region famed for its slate-rich mountain vineyards and which first saw winegrowing in Roman times. Armas de Guerra's vineyards are typically 500 metres or more above sea level. Climatically it marries the cooler Atlantic influence of coastal Galicia with the hotter conditions inland in Castilla y Léon.
Their Blanco is a blend of Doña Blanca and Godello. Light straw-yellow in colour. Citrus zest and fresh stone fruits on the nose, joined by hints of chamomile and fennel as the wine opens up. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering fleshy pear, peach and Meyer lemon flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Finishes with a lively orange pith note, showing good persistence and a hint of flowers.