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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This exquisite Albariño is grown in "beach sand" soils, in a parcel in Arra, which combines plots of 20 and 120 years' old and sits just 30 meters (100 ft) from the sea.
RATING HISTORY:2018 98 T Atkin, 96 WE "Editors' Choice"
GRAPE:100% Albariño. Vines planted in 1960. Tended in sandy soil at 20m (65 ft) elevation
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Naturally occurring fermentation with its own yeast. Aged on its lees for 12 months in neutral French oak foudres.
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, Albariño expression. 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 63inches (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:Salty sea shore, sourdough, green olive and citrus pith characters are complemented by the faintest whisper of oak. - Tim Atkin
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