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Bodegas Ponce Blanco Reto 2017


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The best $20 bottle of white that may be. Complex flavours of Marzipan, salt, nuts, lemon peel. Minerality runs through all of that. Do yourself a favor and drink this with Spanish style gambas.

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Spain has just about the longest winemaking tradition in the world. It actually predates the founding of Rome by millenia. And yet today it is also one of the most dynamic winemaking countries in the world, thanks largely to young winemakers who are out in droves. Some are on the experimental cutting edge. Others are strict traditionalists, preserving their heritage.

But others, like Juan Antonio Ponce, fall somewhere in the middle, taking heritage grapes that have only been used for rustic country wines, and showing that with diligent farming and careful winemaking they can make complex, nuanced wines.

Ponce has a head start on making great wine, with varied, rocky terroir, old vines and a deep drive to preserve and elevate his inheritance. He works biodynamically and with minimal interventions (natural yeasts only). This wine is a far cry from the bulk wines mostly produced in the region. And yet the prices remain incredible.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 94
"This white is produced with the Albilla grape, a unique variety found almost exclusively in the village of Villamalea, and the 2017 Reto comes from seven different plots fermented separately with indigenous yeasts in 600-liter oak barrels and 1,500-liter oak foudres, where the wine matured with the lees for seven months. 2017 was a very early harvest, and the wine has a cool-climate, austere personality, based on stony minerality and acidity. This was picked the 5th of August, extremely early and with 13% alcohol. This is a mineral white in the style of a Bairrada from Quinta das Bagéiras, a Sancerre from Vatan or Agua de Roca from Matías Michelini. Liquid rocks! This has to be the finest vintage of this incredible white. It's vibrant and has the coolness and strict texture of the granite soils." -Robert Parker


  • Grape Variety

    Other White Grape

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Aromatic , Earthy , Fruity

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied