Cíes Albariño

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Winemaker Notes

Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of orange, pear and honeysuckle, along with a spicy topnote that gains strength as the wine opens up. Lively and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors underscored by chalky minerality. Finishes dry, nervy and impressively long, leaving resonating orange zest and floral qualities behind. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Information

Cíes Albariño is named after the Cíes Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain. It is one of winemaker Rodrigo Mendez's smallest production wines and showcases a traditional approach to Albariño from the Val do Salnés zone. Rodrigo's family has been producing wine in and around the village of Meaño for five generations. Cíes is fermented with indigenous yeast and partially aged in old wooden vessels without temperature control, reflecting how Albariño was made before the 1980s, when stainless steel technology became common. This traditional method is now rare in the region, but Rodrigo has revived it to create unique and ageworthy Albariño wines like Cíes.

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