Until I tried the 2012 Tarima Blanco from Spain’s Alicante region, I have never had a wine made with the merseguera grape. In truth, this zesty and warm weather-oriented white also has a bit of macabeo and muscatel, but the star here is the merseguera grape.
To be sure, this crisp and spring apple-scented, bone-dry white is almost thirst quenching, and shows no wood-aging character. Given that the grape is so rare, it might be a hard wine to understand but not to enjoy. The flavors here are aromatic and floral, and the finish is clean. The stuff shows a hint of lemon in the tail, but all along this is aimed for warm days and vegetarian foods. Truly, this is a foodie’s wine, joining such company as Austria’s gruner veltliner, Ohio’s baco noir, and most Loire Valley fume blanc-based wines.
Even if food is not part of your plan, try this Tarima Blanco on any warm day and I promise a refreshing thrill. If you cannot find the wine at your favorite place, have the manager contact Cutting Edge in Cincinnati.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.