Nora Albarino 2019

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Tasting Notes

This classic version of Albariño begins with medium intensity aromatics of tropical fruits and white flowers.  The concentrated palate is dry and lively with flavors of apple, citrus, honeysuckle, and wet stone.  Crisp and clean, the wine shows a zesty acidity and an extended finish of more ripe apple and peach. 

This wine will be beautiful with shellfish and smoked fish.  Enjoy with goat cheese, sushi, quiche, roasted chicken or salads.  Veggie crudities and other light appetizers will go well with this wine.

 

Galicia, located in the northwest corner of Spain, has five Denominación de Origen (DO)—Monterrei, Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro, and Valdeorras.  Recently, the region has received increased international acclaim due to fine Albariño wines produced in Rías Baixas.  Rías Baixas’ climate is Atlantic, with wet winters and sea fog.  In general rainfall is high and the temperatures are mild.  Strong winds can occasionall cause problems for the vineyards, especially those located on the west face of the coast.  Frosts, hailstones and summer heat can also cause complications.

Bodegas Viña Nora was established in 2002. It is located in the town of A Neves, very close to the Atlantic Ocean and part of the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin (DO).  The area’s climate is mild and comprised of temperate summers and rainy autumns.  Generally, this DO consists of sandy soils that are less than 300m above sea level.

Bodegas Viña Nora owns fourteen hectares of vineyard planted with the Albariño variety.  Albariño is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia and Monçao (northwest Portugal).  Its name means “the white from Rhine”.  The origins of the grape are unknown, although theories identify its ancestry as a Riesling clone or as a Petit Manseng relative.  The grape is noted for its distinct aroma of apricot and peach; the wine produced is unusually light and generally high in acidity.  The thick skins and large number of pips can cause residual bitterness.

The 2019 Nora was sourced from three different vineyards that average 20 years-old. Planted to different terroirs, this adds complexity to the wine. Grapes were fermented and aged in controlled temperature stainless steel tanks. 

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Chicken/Turkey, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Green Salads, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Spicy Food, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

Color/Type:
White
Origin:
Spain , Rias Baixas
Grape Varietal:
100% Albarino
Price:
$20.00 each
  bottle(s)