Cat Silirie Curates: The Trio Series #6 "3 Blondes, Blanche, Bianca, Branca"

Cat Silirie Curates Trio #6: "3 Blondes, Blanche, Bianca, Branca"
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"Cat Silirie Curates: The Trio" is Back, and we are very excited about the sixth installment of this wonderful series. Your inner hedonist will be as enthralled as we are with 3 Blondes, "Blanche-Bianca-Branca": An Homage to Opulence!

Cooler weather is coming, and it is the perfect time to explore what the wine world has to offer in terms of full-bodied, unctuous, satisfying white wines with mouth-coating textures and complex flavors that unfold on the palate layer by glorious layer.

While Chardonnays from Burgundy and California are often the go-to wines of choice when one is looking for rich white wines, there are so many others that will offer similar satisfaction. Cat has veered off the beaten path in search of white wines that will tantalize your palate. While they are all different, they each possess density, complexity, a panoply of flavors, and unparalleled elegance. Check them out!

Clos du Mont-Olivet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Rhône Valley, France 2020
The first official mention of a Clos du Mont-Olivet estate dates back to 1547, but it wasn’t until 1932 that Seraphin Sabon created the winery of the same name. It is now his great-grandchildren Thierry, David, and Celine who own and manage the property, which consists of mainly 60+-year-old vines in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as well as Lirac.

Thierry, who formerly studied physics, is also the winemaker. Because of his efforts, Clos du Mont-Olivet is a true insider’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape domaine. Often described as a beacon of traditionalism, the estate makes Rhône wines that value freshness and elegance over bombastic prowess. The wines are classical in style, with heady, complex aromatics and garrigue-laden fruit that tastes like the stones that comprise the fascinating soils of the area. Thierry’s minimalist approach has garnered him vast praise across the wine world, as Southern Rhône wines rarely speak so clearly and eloquently of their terroir. Over the years that Thierry has been in charge of this classic estate, the quality of Clos du Mont-Olivet has never been higher, and the value represented by the property's extraordinary lineup stands as a bastion to the southern Rhône.

After being hand-harvested, the grapes for the CdP Blanc are crushed in bunches. After letting the lees settle for one night, the roussanne is put into one-year-old barrels to ferment, while the other varietals go into stainless steel vats. The wine is raised on its fine lees. The final blending of the different vats/barrels takes place just before bottling. Malolactic fermentation is not carried out. The varietal blend for the vintage is 40% clairette; 31% roussanne; 15% bourboulenc; 10% grenache blanc; 2% clairette rose; 1% picpoul; and 1% picardan.

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Superiore "Cuvée delle Vigne Niche" Sicily, Italy 2018
Winemaker and importer Marc de Grazia was inspired to make the "Cuvée delle Vigne Niche" after tasting a 42-year-old wine made from Sicily's native carricante varietal sourced from vines on Mount Etna. He was enthralled by its richness and terroir-driven complexity juxtaposed against its youthful vigor, not to mention that it was made a half-century ago, without today's technological advances.

Melding his non-interventionist approach to winemaking with modern sensibilities, de Grazia crafted this wine from 100% carricante sourced from old vines and many different tiny parcels (vigne niche), for carricante is a rare commodity in a DOC overwhelmingly devoted to reds, rarer still on Etna’s northern slopes. In fact, carricante vineyards answer for only 4% of the appellation. Barrel fermented and aged in large oak barrels, it is bottled 12 months after harvest, then released after six more months of bottle age. A wine of unusual complexity and great longevity, it is a testament to de Grazia's tenacity and will reward you with a rare, noble beauty.

Quinta Nova “Grainha” Branca Reserva Douro, Portugal 2018
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of the Douro Valley. It is owned by the Amorim family since 1999. They have been in the cork business for generations; the winery is the realization of a family dream to have their own estate. The property, however, has a history spanning over 250 years; the family preserved and revitalized the vineyards and some of the original structures, including the wine cellar, which was built in 1764. The estate has 120 hectares overlooking the Douro river in the heart of the Douro. Of these, 85 hectares are designated a UNESCO landscape.

Made from grapes that are grown in the serenity of high-altitude vineyards, the Quinta Nova “Grainha” (pronounced Grai-EEN-Ya) Branca Reserva 2018 is an ode to the Douro’s mountainous terroir. The textures, freshness, and round body of the slowly ripened grapes, combined with hints of fresh fruit, spices, and vanilla notes, strike a magnificent balance between seriousness, tension, and delicacy. With beautiful density, this white wine has enormous complexity and a long, precise finish. Sourced from 45-year-old vines, this is a rich yet well-balanced wine that handles its wood beautifully.

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