Columna Albariño<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is a generous, approachable expression of Albariño from Condado de Tea, an undersung subzone of Rias Baixas. Grown in warmer conditions, Columna achieves beautiful balance and ripeness under the careful guidance of Rodri Mendez, considered one of the best growers and winemakers in Galicia and a world-class authority on Albariño.
RATING HISTORY:2020 93 W&S; 2019 92 W&S; 2017 90JS, 2015 90VM; 2014 90VM
GRAPE:100% Albarino. Sustainably grown vines planted in 1988 (on average). Tended on the classic Pergola system in granite and alluvial soil at 44 m (135 ft) average elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Albariño's crisp clean flavors are extremely versatile. Seafood, clams, oysters are what the local Galician people eat with this queenly grape. It also pairs like magic with Sushi, Indian, or Thai. Other pairings that are successful include hard-to-pair, popular take-out meals like cold sesame noodles, chicken tikka masala, pad thai, and tacos.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:Fermentation occurs naturally utilizing indigenous yeasts that live on the skin of the grapes. Before fermentation the grapes macerate at cool temperature (39F) for 1-2 days. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Located in the Condado de Tea subzone, towards the west of the Rias Baixas DO, this area extends westwards from Tui along the Miño valley up to the neighboring Ribeiro DO. The landscape is more abrupt and consists of several small river valleys. The soils are granite and slate based.
TASTING NOTES:Brilliant yellow. Lively aromas of quince, lemon zest and jasmine pick up a strong mineral element with air. Dry, sharply focused and nervy on the palate, offering densely packed, refreshingly bitter citrus pith, pear skin and honeysuckle flavors that show excellent clarity. Closes taut and stony, displaying tight grip, a hint of honeysuckle and lingering florality.-- Josh Raynolds.
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