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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This unique wine is made from single vineyard selections, old vines, coastal vines and red varieties in the subzone Val do Salnes. This is a fresh, acid, low alcohol red wine with balanced acidity that undergoes a process of whole cluster fermentation in 12-year-old foudre.
RATING HISTORY:2018 95WA; 2017 94WA; 2016 95+WA; 2015 94WA; 2014 94WA
GRAPE:100% Caiño. Vines planted in 1862. Tended in sandy and granite soil at 80 m (262 ft) elevation
VINIFICATION AND AGING:12 months in 8 year old French oak barrels of 228 Liters. Unfined and lightly filtered.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Rías Baixas is tucked into the green rolling hills of the northwest corner of Spain, just above Portugal, hugging the deep blue Atlantic coastline. It is a breathtaking region overall, and the sub-region of Val do Salnes, the birthplace of Albariño, is no exception. Within the five unique subzones that fall under the D.O. Rías Baixas , Val do Salnes’ prime location is the coolest and most fertile area of the D.O. on the Atlantic coast of Spain. In fact, there is more Albariño vines planted there than any of the other four sub-regions sharing its Rías Baixas name. The soil here is pure granite with top layers of rocks and alluvial soil, perfect for the fresh expression of Albariño. With average temperatures of approximately 60F (16C) between April and October, Rías Baixas is also one of the rainiest areas in Spain with median annual rain falling 63 inches (1600mm). This can often cause difficulties in reaching optimum sugar levels during the last few, very vital, weeks before harvest, often resulting in vintage variation.
TASTING NOTES:Very pale-colored, it has an intoxicating nose of black pepper (always a clear giveaway for the grape), wild herbs, balsamic aromas, flowers and wild berries. This wine is aromatic and complex. The palate is fresh and vibrant with ultra-fine tannins and great acidity that is both intense and light. The mouthfeel is rustic and elegant. This is a wine of contrast that offers great freshness. World class.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.3 lbs (.59 kg)
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