Lícia Albariño 2010

Winery: Lícia
Region: DO Rias Baixas
Type of Wine: White Wine
Aging & Type of Oak:
Stainless steel tanks
Annual Production(in bottles): 72,000
U.S. Importer:

Tasting Note

Albariño comes in a variety of styles, and the location of the vineyards can have plenty to do with it. Cool, more ocean-influenced sites add citrus notes to this wine. Along with lemon and orange notes, there are also orchard fruits and some friendly peachy flavors in the middle and finish. Drink in the next few years.

Wine Description

"Lícia" is a shortening of Galicia in northwest Spain known for its Celtic influence and overall greenness due to the maritime climate. This refreshing, flavorful white is made from 100% Albariño, sourced from the subzones of Condado de Tea and O Rosal in DO Rías Baixas. Situated along the border with Portugal, vineyards in these subzones benefit from a drier climate and warmer growing season.

About the Winery

Jose Limeres, a native of the Galicia and owner of several successful restaurants in Madrid, entered the wine business when he was searching for a reliable supplier of quality wines for his restaurants. He bought his first property in O Rosal and planted native varieties that flourished in its unique climate and soil. The resulting wines proved a hit, particularly his Albariño, which strikes just the right balance of sugar and acidity. The vineyards for Lícia's wine are located in the O Rosal and Condado de Tea subzones of DO Rías Baixas. O Rosal vineyards are terraced into the sides of the River Miño where it opens into a wide estuary. The topsoil is alluvial, with clay and sand over granitic topsoil. Condado de Tea stretches from Tuy along the Miño Valley to meet the Ribiero DO. The area is made up of complex small river valleys. Here granite bedrock and slate come to the surface. This combination of terroirs gives Lícia a refreshing complexity that sets it apart.

Suggested Recipe Pairings

Summer Bouillabaisse with Smoky Rouille

View recipe at Epicurious.com

Cod in Tarragon Tomato Broth

View recipe at Epicurious.com

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