Bodegas Botani 'Botani' 2010
Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: "Bodegas Botani's 2010 Botani is made from 100% Moscatel de Alejandria sourced from old vines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel (60%) and wood puncheons (40%) with 5 months of aging sur lie. Fragrant aromas of jasmine, honey, and tropical fruits inform the nose of this nicely proportioned, intense, savory, dry white. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 1-2 years (2011-2013)." Jun 2011
Winery: "Dry, layered, and definitely fun with or without food. The wine expresses aromas of orange flower water, lemons, oranges, and mangos in the nose, while the mouth has these same flavors, as well as distinct dried pineapple chunks. The finish is almost completely dry; it’s a bit of a happy roller-coaster ride."
Importer: "Botani is our most versatile wine. It pairs perfectly with all kinds of fish, seafood and shellfish, as well as cold soups such as ajoblanco. It is also great with ceviche, sushi, risottos, dishes with black truffle and spicy Thai or Indian food."
Pertinent info: "The wine is made from meticulous selections of the best vineyards of the Muscat de Alexandria located on the north facing mountainside slopes around the town of Almarchar. The vineyards are situated on partially decomposed red slate intermingled with white quartz. The scant topsoil is punctuated by outcroppings of the mother rock. Because of the steep incline of the vineyards, the grapes are manually harvested into small 10K boxes that are carried back to the winery by mules."
Wired For Wine: We're not sure if it's the fact that the grapes are hand-chosen from Almarchar's best, the Spanish sun, or maybe those hard-working mules (see 'Pertinent info'), but we're glad whatever it is. This Bodegas Botani Moscatel Seco is one of the most food-friendly whites we've tried in a long time. Parker's Antonio Galloni calls it an 'outstanding value', and we couldn't agree more. Open your first bottle and stand aside. Your diners will love it on its own as a lovely aperitif with all of its gorgeous citrus notes. Those notes will go beautifully with a large platter of grilled shrimp slathered in anchovy butter. Are your hearts thumping yet with the culinary possibilities yet to come? They should be! This Spanish white has too many pairing options to list here, so we'll be broad. Pretty much anything that lives in the sea, chicken, pork, turkey and more will work. We say get fancy and serve it with spicy bowls of lobster pad thai noodles. The honey and jasmine notes will be fabulous with the Thai spices and opposite the heat. Simply grilled chicken and scallions over truffle risotto is another great choice. ¿Para cuál tiene usted hambre? Open another bottle, and for those who want dessert, serve them another glass with a tangerine-honey flan. They won't know what hit them. For those craving savory, still give them a glass, but with a Spanish Garrotxa cheese with tiny toasts and guava marmalade. And like most every "bit of a happy roller-coaster ride", you won't want it to end...
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Muscat De Alexandria
Region: Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
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