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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  • Nadal Xarel-Lo 2013

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Gran Bach Brut Cava NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Well it's part of Catalunya and Penedès is where they started making Cava, so you're in good shape. Barcelona isn't far from Priorat, so look for some of those wines. They tend to be expensive, but you can find a few that are reasonable. Look for smaller producers of Cava - there's some real good stuff made that doesn't get exported. You can fin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cataluyan Wines


  • Hi.We are headed to Barcelona.  Any recommendations for inexpensive wines would be appreciated.  I love dry reds, crisp whites, and sparkling brut.Thanks so much! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cataluyan Wines


  • Cava Juve Masana Brut Reserva Especial NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vilarnau Brut Rose Reserva Cava NV

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    Soft cherry notes on the nose are a bit gamey and savory with some melon rind and citrus pith. Quite rich in the mouth, this is tart and flavorful - showing strong cherry and raspberry notes, citrus and watermelon and earth with a good acidic backbone playing against the delicate bubbles.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • My quest to uncover wine categories that aren’t getting as much love as they deserve continues, and just in time for Valentine’s Day. As luck would have it many of the same groups of wine that don’t get enough attention also represent terrific values for wine lovers. Too many wines, too little time is one reason that some of these categories are... Read More

    From the article Last Minute Sparkling Wine for Your Valentine's Day Sweetie


  • Posidonia Cava Brut Reserva Bodega Bosamaria NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Mestres Coquet Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012

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    Leads with a phenolic note backed up by a savory yeast note with hints of dried apricot. Full bubbles fill in immediately with puckering acidity providing harmony and tartness, toasted biscuit flavors and light but tart apricot and green apple fruit. There's a cooked brown rice note on the finish that lingers for a while framed against light mel... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mestres 1312 Cava Reserva Brut

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    Light toasted yeast notes with hints of ripe melon and peach. Tart and acidic on entry, with sharp lemon and grapefruit notes and tart focussed bubbles firing off, but mellowing and melting through the midpalate with light phenolic notes and pronounced minerality and melon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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