It’s going on Week #4 of discovering Albariño from Galicia in Spain with #winestudio and you might be asking “What happened with weeks #1-3?”
Well, lots of discussion on the Rías Baixas area, the 5 sub-regions (if you can name all 5, I’ll give you a Sooner cheer) with a plethora of mouth-watering food pairings, wine observations, and loads of wine drinking, er, tasting. We’ve tasted a broad range of Albariño samples courtsey of Rías Baixas Wines and discovered each has similar characteristics like siblings with familial resemblances but unique personalities. Light, buoyant in body, aromatic, citrus, stone fruit, acidity, minerals, all show up with a pronounced individuality produced by the various winemakers. I already know my favorites and thought I’d give a few highlights.
Gran Vinum Nessa 2015 Albarino
Adegas Gran Vinum, 2015 Nessa
DO Rias Baixas – Val so Salnes
Confession. I haven’t tasted this wine yet. I thought I’d get that out of the way up front. Something unwanted happened and it was neglected. However, it will be a warm summer refresher soon. The small, family-run winery, Adegas Gran Vinum, was founded in 2001 by the Piñeiro Cores Family. Their vineyards are in the sub-region of Val do Salnés on hillsides overlooking the Umia river and the Ría de Arousa. They incorporate some of their traditional Galician farming methods such as fertilizing with clam and cockle shells and elevating the vines on long stones raised like football goalposts to counter the high rainfall with modern technology to produce their dry Albariño. I’m looking forward to opening the bottle.
Martin Codax 2014
DO Rias Baixas – Val do Salnes
Wow. Upfront, this one is my favorites. I’d buy a case of this Albariño and it wouldn’t last through the humid June weather we are bound to be blessed with. Refreshingly crisp on the front and smooth on the back with great medium body. Aromatic fruit that floats effortlessly through the air, light, tart, citrus and lemony with clean crisp apple, peaches, spice and pronounced acidity. Martin Codax is making a beautifully balanced Albarino. You can simply sip it or break out the china and serve it with a light seafood supper on a humid summer night.
Notes from the winemaker: “The 2014 growing season was cool and wet, requiring growers to carefully manage their vineyards to prevent mildew and maximize quality. Though yields were diminished, patience paid off in a long, slow growing season that allowed for excellent maturity. The results are wines with abundant aromatics, crisp acidity and bright fruit flavors.”
Rectoral do Umia Viñabade 2014
DO Rías Baixas 100% Albariño
The label is so charming with dainty azure flowers. It looks like it belongs in a garden or at least a garden party. My youngest daughter begged me to save it a while but albariño is meant to be drunk young! However, this delicate floral wine needed a strong companion on her arm. There was a faint aroma of stone fruit and when sipping alone, it fell flat with little personality. I thought I might have chilled it too much, however, paired with our newest restaurant on the block Gin Thai Fusion’s Spicy Pad Thai and Pla koong, lime/lemon came out and cut the heat nicely. This wine just needs a partner to coax her out of her clamshell.
Founded in 2009, Rectoral do Umia winery is located in the Salñes Valley of DO Rías Baixas where they use the latest technology to produce light, crisp dry Albariño.
Señorio de Rubiós Robaliño 2015
DO Rías Baixas 100% Albariño
Beautiful clear yellow with a hue of green, this albariño was great! Heady and aromatic with white peaches, floral and citrus, Robaliño delivered balanced yet high acidity and medium body and lingering finish. Wow. Immediately, you tasted citrus peel, grapefruit, kumquats and hints of peaches. As it warmed, there was a lovely mellowing out to warm limes. It went perfect with our homemade mac n’ cheese.
Planted in the middle of the rich Condado do Tea sub-region and blessed by the Miño river’s alluvial deposits, Señorio de Rubios winery sits on a charming and tranquil land. “Our facilities reflect the new technologies emerging in the wine world without forgetting the old traditions, which have been pillars of our wines. In them we find large stainless steel vats that share space with French oak barrels.” – (www.senorioderubios.com)
I’m loving Albariño! If you like to sip white Bordeaux as the temperatures rise, then you’ll enjoy this refreshing Galician wine as well. The Oklahoma temperatures are rising so I’m grateful to retreat to lush green Spain. If you find yourself frustrated by your NBA or NHL team during the playoffs than Join me, Tuesdays on twitter at 6 PST/8CST using the hashtag #winestudio. We be talking albariño wines and everyone’s a winner.
courtesy of RiasBaixas.com