The Flama Roja was an excellent white value we had from the Tarragona region of Spain. I’ve seen only pictures of this beautiful area and can only dream about breathing in the fresh sea air from such a picturesque place. I’d love to visit the region, but for now, sipping this wine is the closest I can get to an actual trip there.
This wine a nice surprise and more than just a “simple” pre-dinner white wine. The nose was wonderfully aromatic and was akin to smelling potpourri made from white flowers.
In the mouth, the wine was bone dry and had a really nice, snappy finish. Also on the palate were flavors of white peaches, stone and mineral. The wine kind of reminded me of Argentinian Torrontes – very floral, not overly heady like a gewurztraminer or overripe viognier, and dry and snappy. The wine was a blend of two grapes – 80% macabeo and 20% parellada.
For my fellow wine consumers on Oahu, my buddy who bought this for us paid approximately $13 for the wine at The R. Field Wine Co. on Beretania. I felt that it was a solid value at that price point. We sipped this with an appetizer of seared ahi belly on a bed of soba noodles, ponzu vinaigrette and cilantro. It was as they say here in the islands, “broke da mouth!”
I can’t remember who the importer is and I can’t check the back of the bottle since I’ve already thrown it away. I’ve searched the internet and can’t find any info on the wine. Let me know if you have better success than me.