2013 Albariño, Pazo Barrantes, Rias Baixas

2013 Albariño, Pazo Barrantes, Rias Baixas

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2013 Albariño, Pazo Barrantes, Rias Baixas

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This charming 12 hectare estate is located in the Pontevedra estuary, just to the north of Vigo. An archetype of modish Albariño this has been fermented in stainless steel, with four months lees stirring to add depth and texture. Classic aromas of candied lemon quince and honeysuckle are follow by a palate with pleasing weight, orchard fruit notes and a hint of white pepper on the finish.
Simon Field MW - Wine Buyer
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Pazo Barrantes

Pazo Barrantes

The imposing Pazo Barrantes is located in the heart of the Salnés Valley, the actual birth place of the Albariño grape, situated in the centre of the Rías Baixas D.O.

Twelve hectares of vines surround the property, which is owned by the charismatic Vicente Cebrián, Count of Creixell (to abbreviate his somewhat lengthy name), who also owns the Rioja bodega Marquis de Murrieta, which also graces this offer. Those of you who may have attended the fantastic dinner which he hosted at Berry Bros. & Rudd earlier in the summer will recall his passion for these white wines, reflecting perhaps the fact that they have been in his family even longer than Murrieta.

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Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas

Nestled in the south-west corner of Galicia on the Atlantic coast bordering Portugal's Vinho Verde region, Rias Baixas has firmly established itself as the star region of modern Spanish white wines. Production is mostly small scale, labour-intensive and dominated by family-run bodegas, all of which contributes to the high-quality, idiosyncratic character of the wines.

Albariño (aka Alvarinho in Vinho Verde) is the dominant grape in the region, robust and thick-skinned enough to withstand the local cool, humid, maritime conditions.  It yields intensely aromatic wines evocative of almonds, peaches and citrus-peel scents with elegant, grassy overtones. Albariño is ideally enjoyed in its youth and is particularly suited to seafood due to its crisp acidity and clean, pure fruit. 

It is sometimes also blended with other Galician grapes - the perfumed Treixadura or the herbal-scented Loureira, for example - but it is as a single varietal wine that it really shines, unoaked and fermented in steel tanks to retain its streak of youthful fruit and vitality.

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Albariño

Albariño

Albariño is one of the most distinctive white wine grapes in Spain. Its heartlands are in Galacia, in Spain's rain- sodden north-west, and in Portugal`s Vinho Verde region, where it is known as Alvarinho and Cainho Branco. In the past, it was commonly mixed with other local grapes such as Loureiro, Godello, Caiño, Arinto or Treixadura to produce blended wines, but since the mid 1980s the grape's full potential has been realised and appreciated for single varietal bottlings.
 
Its thick skin enables it to withstand the damp climate of Galicia and the subsequent fruit is small, sweet and high in glycerol, producing wines high in alcohol and acidity.

High quality Albariño dominated wines are intensely aromatic and redolent of peaches, apricots and almonds on the palate. They have the ability to age gracefully and many growers are now experimenting with oak maturation. The finest Albariño wines come from the Rias Baixas DOC of Galicia. Albariño is also produced in California wine regions including the Santa Ynez Valley & Los Carneros AVAs.

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