Leirana Albarino 2019

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Tasting Notes

Rodrigo Mendez is a 5th generation winemaker from the tiny fishing village of Meaño in Salnes, the most coastal of the subzones of Rias Baixas. Descended from the founding head of the DO of Rias Baixas, he is an astute historian of the history and heritage of this place, and makes wines to express and preserve this history and unique maritime terroir. He sources the parcels he farms through generational familial relationships, from families for whom winemaking is no longer their way of life.

Rather than allowing the wine to go through malolactic fermentation, Rodri allows his fruit to hang longer than his neighbors in the appellation, allowing the natural weight and viscosity of the wine balance the searing acidity that this maritime zone produces.

The vines were planted between 1952 and 1982 on sandy and granite soils at very low elevation and facing the Atlantic Ocean. After hand-harvest the grapes are fermented using indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation is stopped. Two thousand cases produced.

TASTING NOTES

This beautiful Albarino has medium intensity aromatics of peach, apricot, salt water, brine and honeycomb.  The concentrated palate is dry and lively with flavors of peach, zingy citrus, and wet stone.  Crisp, clean and round (medium-plus body) the wine shows a salty acidity and and long finish of ripe apple, peach and brine. 

FOOD PAIRING

This wine will be beautiful with shellfish and smoked fish.  Try pairing it with pulpo, spicy dishes, creamy pasta or cod.  This wine would also compliment a variety of cheeses and cured meats.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, Duck, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Grilled preparations, Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Lobster & Crab, Mexican, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Roasted Root Vegetables, Shellfish, Spicy Food, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

Color:
White
Origin:
Spain , Rias Baixas
Grape Varietal:
100% Albarino
Staff Pick:
Empar
Price:
$32.00 each
  bottle(s)