Muti Albariño$37 and under
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A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes orange zest, white flowers, candied ginger and dusty minerals, with a suggestion of fresh fig in the background. Stains the palate with fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors that turn deeper and spicier with aeration. Closes stony and very long, with lingering florality and no rough edges. This intensely vibrant wine was aged in oak foudres.
Muti Albariño was conceived as a tribute to Patrick Mata’s mother Christiane, with whom he spoke German at home – “Muti” means “Mom” in German. Made by Rodrigo Mendez and Patrick’s lifelong friend and co-founder of Olé & Obrigado, Alberto Orte, Muti is a classic expression of Salnés Albariño. Muti is an exploration of one single site (called Eira da Juapa in the local Galego language) in the village of Meis, about 15 minutes from the Atlantic coast. The pure, saline intensity of this wine reflects not only its proximity to the sea, but also the extreme age of the vines themselves: more than half in this vineyard are 120 years old, pergola trained and own rooted in decomposed, sandy granite. The remainder are still over 30 years old, with extremely low yields and completely harvested by hand by Rodri Méndez and his team, who are all natives to the collection of villages in this area, where the Rias Baixas denomination was established and founded by his grandfather.click here for more information.