Blanquito Albarino 2021
This classic Albarino shows straw yellow with greenish reflections. It is clean on the nose good intensity, fresh, aromas of citrus, pear and crisp apple fruit with hints of floral notes. Tasty, balanced, fresh, cheerful on the palate; well-balanced and very food friendly.
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Founded in 2000, he estate is located in Vilachán in Rias Baixas. Its altitude above sea level ranges from 200 to 350 m. The distance to the Atlantic Ocean is only 10 km. It is a south-facing slope. The south orientation guarantees good sunshine, which contributes to a perfect ripening of the grapes. The estate is comprised of 230 acres of vineyards. Only the best plots are used in the production of Blanquito. All grapes are manually harvested at the optimum point of maturity. The grapes are crushed, destemmed and cold macerated prior to fermentation at a controlled temperature stainless steel tanks.
Named after the rías, or estuarine inlets, that flow as far as 20 miles inland, Rías Baixas is an Atlantic coastal region with a cool and wet maritime climate. The entire region claims soil based on granite bedrock, but the inlets create five subregions of slightly different growing environments for its prized white grape, Albariño.
Val do Salnés on the west coast is said to be the birthplace of Albariño; it is the coolest and wettest of all of the regions. Having been named as the original subregion, today it has the most area under vine and largest number of wineries.
Ribeira do Ulla in the north and inland along the Ulla River is the newest to be included. It is actually the birthplace of the Padrón pepper!
Soutomaior is the smallest region and is tucked up in the hills at the end of the inlet called Ria de Vigo. Its soils are light and sandy over granite.
O Rosal and Condado do Tea are the farthest south in Rías Baixas and their vineyards actually cover the northern slopes of the Miño River, facing the Vinho Verde region in Portugal on its southern bank.
Albariño gives this region its fame and covers 90% of the area under vine. Caiño blanco, Treixadura and Loureira as well as occasionally Torrontés and Godello are permitted in small amounts in blends with Albariño. Red grapes are not very popular but Mencía, Espadeiro and Caiño Tinto are permitted and grown.
Bright and aromatic with distinctive floral and fruity characteristics, Albariño has enjoyed a surge in popularity and an increase in plantings over the last couple of decades. Thick skins allow it to withstand the humid conditions of its homeland, Rías Baixas, Spain, free of malady, and produce a weighty but fresh white. Somm Secret—Albariño claims dual citizenship in Spain and Portugal. Under the name Alvarinho, it thrives in Portugal’s northwestern Vinho Verde region, which predictably, borders part of Spain’s Rías Baixas.