Enric Soler won Spain’s Sommelier Championship in 1997. He set up a tasting room in Barcelona, which he managed for 14 years, but after the death of his grandfather in 2004 he changed jobs and became a wine producer. Encouraged by friends, he decided not to sell the old Xarel.lo vineyard planted by his grandfather in 1945 in Sabanell (Font Rubí), in an area used as an airfield by the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War, and started to take care of it himself.
"Biodynamic. 40-65 year-old Xarel.lo, grown in bush vines in calcareous clay @ 260m. Spontaneous fermentation and ageing a mix of used French oak (2nd, 3rd, and 4th year) and concrete egss. No battonage. Bottled with minimal SO2."
Very intriguing nose of acacia, honeydew melon, chopped herbs, and white pepper. Lean and chiseled on the palate with wonderful minerality, sea spray, and yellow fruit.