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Albamar, Albarino

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About the Wine:
Bright oceanic flavours dance in every glass of Albamar's Albariño 2019. “It’s a local style wine; it represents the essence of this land” says Bodegas Albamar winemaker Xurxo Alba ⁠
The Albamar Albariño is a blend of different vineyards, which are all composed of mainly sandy soil . It's a refreshing and pure 100% Albariño wine with great length and salty minerality
Dried Pineapple, salted lemon, roasted hazelnut, smoke and flint on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with tangy acidity. Vibrant, flinty and textured. Dried lemon on the long finish.-James Suckling
About the Producer:
The name Albamar combines the name of the winemaking family—Alba—with ‘mar’: the sea that has such an important influence on the climate and soil of the vineyards they farm. When Luis Alba planted vines a generation ago, near the mouth of the Río Umia, it was to produce wines for local consumption. Luis’s son Xurxo took over the operation in 2006 and has succeeded in gaining the attention of the world for his Galician albariños. Xurxo has moved the winery toward sustainable growing and winemaking practices, although he freely admits that the proximity to the Atlantic—although essential in contributing to the unique expression of the wines—poses unique pressures from fungal disease.
Technical Info:
93 pts-James Suckling
After harvest, the grapes are fermented whole-cluster with indigenous yeasts, remain unfined, and do not undergo malolactic fermentation. This cuvée sits on its lees for 5 months in steel vats; the lees aging lends a creamy roundness that perfectly balances the salt-spray acidity indicative of the region and the grape. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.