2014 Akilia "K" Blanco Bierzo

SKU #1291006 92 points James Suckling

 Chalky straw and peppery elements, too. There's a little age here that has pulled primary fruit down into the wine. The palate has a tangy lemon citrus edge. Concise and dry.  (7/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The white, called simply 2014 K is a blend of 75% Palomino and 25% Doña Blanca. The grapes come from a small 0.2-hectare plot at 750 meters altitude and the wine matured in contact with the lees for five months before being bottled in March 2015. It's quite pale, austere, with some balsamic notes, something herbal (fennel) and a mineral, flinty feeling that made me think of a Riesling. The palate is fresh and very tasty, medium-bodied, with a salty finish. 2,000 bottles produced. (LG)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Composed of old vine Doña Blanca and Palomino from a mere half acre vineyard of sand over quartz and slate, this bright, intensely mineral and decidedly dry white is a revelation. Delicately floral, a bit peppery, and dry, dry dry, I'm almost thinking of a less showy, cool vintage Meursault while tasting this Spanish white. We continue to be mightily impressed by the wines, both reds and whites, made by Mario Ravira at Akilia, and think he is one of Spain's most talented young guns. Since the audience for Bierzo wines is still a relatively small one and Mario remains undiscovered by the critics, we encourage you to enjoy these great wines while they are still affordable! *Natural Wine*

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2018 | Send Email
Never imagined Palomino could be like this. The nose is a stunning mixture of crushed rock, exotic citrus peel, fresh herbs and ripe mirabelle. The chalky mineral quality continues on the palate leaving a lot of the fruit behind in the front with tons of racy acid. Something not altogether un-chenin about this one. I'm totally into it partly because of the gorgeous length and acidity, plus the surprising complexity of a grape that I always thought to be more neutral. Not inexpensive, but no one blinks an eye about spending $30 on a well made white from Loire or Burgundy.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 12