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Grapes

Airén

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Spain’s most widely planted grape is primarily used for brandy, save for a few producers who have revitalized the drought-resistant old bush vines for winemaking.

Primary Flavors

  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Banana
  • Rose

Taste Profile

Dry

Medium-light Body
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None Tannins

Low Acidity

11.5–13.5% ABV

Handling

  • SERVE
    45–55°F / 7-12°C

  • GLASS TYPE
    White

  • DECANT
    No

  • CELLAR
    1–3 Years

Food Pairing

Because of it’s bolder style and lower acidity, Airén is often blended with other grapes, including Viura, Verdejo or Sauvignon Blanc to make a more balanced wine.

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