Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:
2018 Envinate Benje Blanco

Posted by Joe Salamone

At this point, when we offer Envínate we expect a quick sell out.

Few wines are hunted down like Envinate. When you taste the wines, the explanation for the excitement becomes clear. They are some of the most beautifully rendered and fascinating wines around.

Being able to offer Envinate has been impossible for the past few years. Today, I'm happy to offer Envinate's 2018 Benje Blanco for $31.95 per bottle and $28.95 in 4-packs. 

Benje Blanco comes from 50-100 year old, ungrafted vines in the Santiago del Teide area of the Canary Islands. The soils are volcanic and the higher altitude vineyards have much less Atlantic influence than some of Envinate's other sites.

The wine has a pristine and emphatic mineral thread. It's based on Listan Blanco (aka Palomino in sherry country) which has a fascinating ability to transmit terroir and the wine really exploits this characteristic. There are gorgeously clear layered fruits and a seriously complex mineral core. The amount of detail and class is shocking.

The Benje Blanco is aged in concrete tanks and old barrels. A small portion sees skin contact. After experimenting with aging the wine under flor in 2017, the 2018 saw around 70% of flor aging compared to 30% for the 2017. The group behind Envinate feels that the flor gives the wine more raciness and refinement. The 2018 is especially bright and precise and seems to emphatically prove this insight.  

Envínate is composed of Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez. They met in enology school and the Envínate project grew out of a consulting business. They are producing wines from the Canary Islands, Galicia, and Extremadura.

I'll wrap this up. Anyone who has tasted Envinate knows how pure, honest, and simply compelling they are. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best. 

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits


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Special 4-Pack Price: $115.80 ($28.95/btl)