Pazo de Galegos$24 and under
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Pale gold. Fresh peach, tangerine, melon and a hint of dusty minerals on the highly fragrant nose; a subtle hint of honey emerges slowly. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering ripe orchard and pit fruit flavors accented by a bitter citrus pith nuance. Dry and minerally on the finish, which shows very good lift, spicy cut, and strong persistence. Here's a distinctly nervy rendition of the 2015 vintage, which generally produced large-scale, hefty white wines. -- Josh Raynolds.
Pazo de Galegos is made in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia, on the Spanish shore of the Atlantic Ocean.This small production Albariño offers both complexity and a nod to history: the word "pazo" means more than just “estate,” as it is linked to the ancient pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago. El Camino, or “The Way,” began during the Moorish occupation of Spain, when only the northernmost provinces of the peninsula managed to resist conquest thanks to their mountainous terrain. It was then that pious Catholics began a route across these northern provinces to the final resting place of the apostle St James, in Galicia. To qualify as a “pazo," an estate must have a shrine, an inn where pilgrims can stay, and a small vineyard. "Pazos" are still found today in Galicia, offering hospitality and nourishing the spirit along the Camino. The people from this part of Spain are known as galegos, and this is a wine that reflects the essential qualities of the people and history of this magical part of Spain.click here for more information.