RIAS BAIXAS, SPAIN, GALICIA
Over 99% of all wine produced in Rías Baixas is white. Differences in microclimates, terroir and grape varieties in the five sub-zones, as well as different winemaking techniques, make for wonderful diversity. Styles range from a crisp, aromatic “melony” character in Val do Salnés, to a peachier, softer style in O Rosal, and a less fruity and earthier style in Condado do Tea.
$ 19 Senorio de rubas "columna" '16
Fresh melon and pear on the perfumed nose, with floral and herbal qualities adding complexity. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering vibrant orchard and pit flavors along with hints of fennel and honeysuckle. The smooth, clinging finish shows a lingering pit fruit character.
$18 compania de vino tricos "tabla de sumar" '16
Tricó is the Gallego word for a child who is born well after his or her brothers and sisters. José Antonio López named this wine after his last son, who arrived as a “blessing” well after José Antonio and his wife thought they were through having children. José Antonio is one of the winemakers who are leading a quality revolution in the Rias Baixas. Many winemakers have been content to make fresh, zippy Albariños that can easily ride the grape’s wave of popularity without being particularly compelling. With Tricó, José Antonio is out to prove that Albariño in the Rias Baixas is capable of achieving the same mineral-inflected greatness as Austrian Riesling or Loire Chenin.
$16 terras guada abadia de san campio '16
Founded in 1989, Terras Guada is a leader in the vinification of premium Albariño grapes in the Rosal valley of DO Rias Baixas in northwest Spain. Albariño is wisely blended with autochthonous varieties such as Loureira and Caiño Blanco, an heirloom white variety that the winery saved from extinction. One Albarino that's a must!