Cíes Albariño$39 and under
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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
Cíes Albariño is named for a small island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rías Baixas, Spain. One of winemaker Rodrigo Mendez's smallest production wines, it reflects a historical approach to Albariño from the Salnés zone, where his family has produced wine for 5 generations in and around the village of Meaño. Cíes is fermented with its own indigenous yeast and then partially aged in old wooden vessels without controlling the temperature—the way all Albariño wines were made prior to the 1980s, when stainless steel technology became prevalent in the area. Wines in this region are rarely made like this anymore, and Rodri has brought back this traditional method to produce unique and ageworthy Albariño wines, such as Cies.click here for more information.