Xarello

(aka. Pansa Blanca)

Also known as Pansa Blanca, Xarello is used only in Catalonia, Spain, where it is used in the production of Cava sparkling wines. The variety produces a typically acidic wine that is perfect for use as a base for these traditional method sparkling wines. The variety is also the best grape used in the small, but highly-regarded D.O. of Alella, where the Parxet winery makes its acclaimed Marques de Alella Classico from Xarello.

In your Catalan homeland, you exist peacefully as simple Pansà Blanca, living a safe and benign life. But in the company of two other sparkling Caballeros, señores Macabeo and Parellada, you have ventured out into the world, and leave your mark via your more adventurous alter ego, Xarel-lo!

Varietal Character by Jeffrey Pinhey – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Everything I am about to share was gleaned during my recent trip to ProWein, ... that is unique to the region.Xarello from SpainOne of the three grapes used to make Cava (along with Macabeo and Parellada), some producers are experimenting with the Xarello grape as a varietal wine. It contributes body, structure and freshness to Cava and so it ... Read More

    From the article Top 5 Grapes to Watch


  • Marques de la Concordia Mm Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Castell de Sant Pau Brut 'Methode Traditionnelle' Cava Spain NV

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    seems too bitter hinting on dry in that the Brut could just be to green for my tastes or champagne is just not my forte. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2011

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    Wine review by Richard NL


  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2011

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    Creamy vanilla and buttery brioche notes with soft and fleshy melon and peach aromas on the nose. Tart, zesty and flavorful on the palate, this brings nice citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit with hints of green apple and pear and a fresh acidity and stinging bubbles adding freshness.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • What comes to mind when I say Cava? Perhaps your initial thoughts are inexpensive and great for mimosas or other sparkling cocktails. Cava has suffered a bit of an identity crisis. Though sales are strong, consumers are often buying it as a base for a sparkling mixer, selecting the first Cava on the shelf or the one with the prettiest bottle. Ho... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Rethink Cava


  • Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserva Cava NV

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    Light floral aromas of orange blossom, green apple and pear with pungent spice and a hint of lemon. Expressive palate of Meyer lemon, grapefruit and apple with creamy pastry crust notes and a frolicking texture. There's a touch of tart citrus pith on the finish adding a bit of complexity to this agreeable crowd pleaser. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Castillo Perelada Cava Semi Seco NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Raventos I Blanc Extrem Xarel-Lo Penedes 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava NV

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    Light grapefruit and lemon aromas. Tart and focused in the mouth with a creamy yeast note, this is austere yet restrained with pear and green apple fruit notes coming through on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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