ABOUT: This 7 hectare family vineyard is run by Miguel Alfonso and his parents, located in Val do Salnes, a subzone of Rias Baixas. This vineyard is thought to be one of the greatest in the region, with massive granite stones jutting up through the surface of the earth and vines interplanted with fruits and herbs. Many vines are on their original rootstock and organic and biodynamic methods are employed to make an amazing, natural wine. Wines are fermented with natural yeasts, aged in tanks and allowed to go through malolactic fermentation; unusual for the area, grape variety, and style of wine we are use to. Albarino that dance to their own tune, and dance very well.
TASTE: The 2011 Albarino is a pretty clear and direct representation of its surroundings. Fruit takes the back seat to the minerality, salinity, and purity of this wine. Unlike most other Albarino in the world this is a rich, densely woven wine, probably due to the malolactic fermentation which transforms the texture. Floral notes punch through the stones, alongside citrus fruit and peel, rolling into a long finish. High complexity and a very high quality wine that will improve with time.
PAIR:Oven roasted tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese, roasted chiota stir fry, saffron noodle cake with roasted peppers, and herb roasted Kalamata olives.