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Wine from Rias Baixas

Nestled in the extreme northwest of Spain, Rias Baixas is a wine region that is located in the province of Pontevedra and south of A Coruna, in Galicia. Rias Baixas is known for white wine, produced from the Albariño grape variety.

Historians believe that the grapes were introduced to Rias Baixas around the 12th century by the Cistercian monks when they established the Monastery of Armeteira. The five sub-regions, Condado do Tea, Soutomaior, Ribera de Ulla Val do Salnés and O Rosal; also have a long history of wine production with their own traditional styles. The sub-regions have different soil types and range from sandy to alluvial, granite and slate.

Rias Baixas has an Atlantic climate with sea fog and wet winters. The average rainfall is high with mild temperatures. During the summer, temperatures rarely exceed 86°. The coldest areas in the regions are Val do Salnés and Ribera de Ulla, because of their coastal location. Condado do Tea is the warmest, but also the coldest with heavy rainfall and frequent frosts.  

Rias Baixas white grapes that are authorized include Albariño, Loureira Blanca, Treixadura, Caiño Blanca, Torrontés and Godello. The red authorized varieties are Caiño Tinto, Espadeiro, Loureira Tinta, Sousón, Mencía and Brancellao.

 

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Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino 2021

Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino is made from 100% Albarino.
Aged for 5 months in oak barrels (a combination of fine-grained American and French Allier barrels).
1583 is the birth date of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes, in Cambados.

They wanted to pay tribute to their ancestor with this wine that managed to reach a perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.

Lovely straw yellow color, clean and bright. The nose is reminiscent of ripe crystallized fruit and spices. The palate is elegant, round and well balanced, with a silky texture.

Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry.

 

Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino 2022

Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino is made from 100% Albarino.
Aged for 5 months in oak barrels (a combination of fine-grained American and French Allier barrels).
1583 is the birth date of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes, in Cambados.

They wanted to pay tribute to their ancestor with this wine that managed to reach a perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.

Lovely straw yellow color, clean and bright. The nose is reminiscent of ripe crystallized fruit and spices. The palate is elegant, round and well balanced, with a silky texture.

Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry.

 

Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino 2021

Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino is 100 percent Albarino

Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon.


This is a classic Albariño which is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years. Owner Juan Gil comments that the wine really starts to come into its own in June/July, and he actually prefers it 18 or more months after it's made. A Fefiñanes "vertical" of three or four vintages can provide some most interesting surprises.

Review:

"One of those textbook Albariños that delivers the goods, year in, year out, this is a very pure expression of the grape, with no lees ageing at all. Sourced from vineyards in the Cambados sub-region, all on decomposed granite soils, it has lovely pear and lime zest flavours and engaging focus, minerality and stony freshness. Hard to beat at the price. 2022-26"

- Tim Atkin (Rias Baixas Special Report 2022), 93 pts

 93 Points
Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino 2022

Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino is 100 percent Albarino

Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon.


This is a classic Albariño which is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years. Owner Juan Gil comments that the wine really starts to come into its own in June/July, and he actually prefers it 18 or more months after it's made. A Fefiñanes "vertical" of three or four vintages can provide some most interesting surprises.

 

Gundian Albarino 2021

Gundián is a local surname & the name of several Galician villages (3 in the area) as well as a famous bridge in Galicia - thus the bridge graphic on the label. The Gundián Bridge, also known as the Gundián Viaduct, is a bridge that spans the Ulla river pass, on the old railway line between Orense and Santiago de Compostela.

Clean and bright wine, straw yellow color with greenish flashes. On the nose, it has fruity and floral aromas of high intensity, especially apple and stone fruits (apricot). In the mouth, the freshness and youth of the Albariño stand out with a well balanced acidity which makes it savory, sweet and glyceric.


Pazo de Senorans Seleccion de Anada Albarino 2013

Pazo de Senorans Seleccion de Anada Albarino is made from 100 percent Albarino. 

Straw yellow with greenish tints, vivid and brilliant. High intensity and very expressive. Profusion of aromas with traces of mineral. Great volume and ample body leaving a lasting impression from beginning to end.

Reviews:

Style, defined aromas, taut, crisp, original. Colour, bright straw. Aroma, scrubland, fine lees, complex, varietal. Flavour, full of life, flavourful, complex.

-Guia Penin 98 Points


Tech:

ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH:
13 % proof


PRODUCTION:
16,000 bottles


TYPE OF WINE:
Aged on lees


FERMENTATION:
Stainless steel


PERIOD OF AGING IN VAT:
More than 30 month on lees


ORIGINAL VINEYARD:
Los Bancales


TYPE OF PLANTATION:
Pergola system (vines)


AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS:
More than 45 years


HARVESTING METHOD:
Manual


DATE OF HARVESTING:
September


YIELD PER HECTAR:
5.000 kg/ha


MACERATION:
Pellicular (in presses)


ALCOHOLIC FERMENTATION:
Controlled at 18º


MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION:
No


OPTIMAL PERIOD OF CONSUMPTION:
5 years



 98 Points
Valminor Albarino Rias Baixas 2022

Valminor Albarino Rias Baixas is made from 100 percent Albarino. 

Albariño is a Portuguese grape, native to the Miño River region, which separates Galicia & the Rias Baixas DO from Portugal. Albariño has a characteristic citrus aroma & high acidity.

Valminor Albarino presents a yellow straw color. On the nose, the wine shows a wide fruity range of aromas, with notes of fresh grapefruit, apricot and melon. In the mouth, Valminor combines fruity flavors and freshness with a rounded acidity, resulting in a balanced wine that boasts an opulent taste and slight spritziness. 


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