Condes de Albarei Albariño 2010
International Wine Challenge 2011, Silver.
Albariño’s many facets seem to arise both from the subregion in Rías Baixas where the grapes are grown and from the winemakers’ decisions, especially to utilize (or not) lees in contact with the wine. Albarei offers a clean, citrusy, mineral-laden version of the grape, reflective of the cool and wet Val do Salnés subregion. It's ideal for all kinds of shellfish, among other foods. Drink now or over the next several years.
The character of the wine is expressed entirely in this wine, where fruit is the predominant note. Grapes have been respectfully cared for in all steps of winemaking. After careful grape selection at harvest in the vineyard, the grapes are transported to the winery in small plastic crates. After a delicate extraction and settling of the grape juice, a long fermentation is made at a low temperature.
About the Winery
Founded in 1988, Condes de Albarei was born as a humble initiative by a small group of grape growers; today it stands as one of the most important wineries of DO Rías Baixas with more than 740 acres of vineyards to make a wide range of high-quality wines. In 2008 Adega Condes de Albarei purchased Pazo Baión, a spectacular property whose origin goes back to the fifteenth century with 54 acres of Albariño grape vines—the biggest vineyard from Salnes Valley. The winery has launched an ambitious enoturism project and has just opened its doors for wine tours and tastings.