This week, I have a little something Spanish for your Wine Wednesday.
As I waited for my red-eye flight in Vegas, I treated myself to dinner at Jaleo in the Cosmopolitan.
The wine (and the food) were yummy! I asked the bartender for his recommendation, after describing my affinity for crisp, clean chardonnays, he recommended a glass of the 2012 Acustic Blanc from the Montsant region in Spain, part of Catalonia, neighboring Priorat and influenced by a predominately Mediterranean climate. The winery's name, Acustic Cellar is a direct reference to acoustic music, and their general philosophy of letting the wine be a pure expression of the grape itself.
The wine is a blend of Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Garnacha Gris, and Pansal, not something I drink everyday for sure. Aged in small oak barrels for 3 months provided structure and a slightly heavier weight, but not overpowering in any way. The fruit truly was the star!
It paired nicely with perhaps the best cauliflower dish I've ever had, sauteed with dates and olives, yum!
The giant pans of paella roasting away in the center of the restaurant were quite the spectacle, but weren't exactly conducive to solo-dining. Next time!
This wine made me excited for my upcoming trip to Barcelona! Ole!
Wine: 2012 Acustic Cellars Acustic Blanc
Purchased: Jaleo Restaurant
Price: $14/glass, $18 retail bottle
Would Buy Again: Yes