(2017) The name '3055' is the New York taxi license number of the young Jean Leon, who traveled from Spain to the Big Apple soon after world war II. Eventually, in the 1960s, he returned to Spain to start his wine business, having made his fortune. The brand has been owned by the Torres family since shortly before Leon's death in 1994. Organic certified, the sheen of classy French oak is the opening note, with a subtle orange and crisp red apple fruitiness, an almondy softness too. In the mouth there is plenty of sweet fruit, the oak fading way into the background as juiciness and a firm apple core and lemon pith acidity take over.
(2016) A wine with no added sulphur from northeastern Spain, this has a fine herb and sharp apple nose. Lots of juicy pear on the palate and really intense, interesting flavours where exotic fruit like juicy nectarine marries to delicious thrust and freshness. 10% Chardonnay joins the Xarel.lo, and I wonder if that component saw a touch oak to add some creaminess?