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Zippy, Steely Albariño for Sultry Summer

Castro Martin ‘Sobre Lias’ Rías Baixas 2016

Angela Martin Serantes is the 2nd generation to head Castro Martin. Located in Val do Salnés in northwestern Galicia, the birthplace of Albariño, the family farms sustainably. Grapes are from the El Pazo and Castrelo vineyards, at 160-to-820 feet in elevation, with a sandy mix of granite and quartz soils. Vines average 50 years in age. Grapes are hand harvested, fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, aged on the lees for 5 to 6 months in steel.

Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour, with aromas of herbs, grapefruit, pineapple and spice. Racy acidity glazes lemon, apricot, pineapple, pear, legume, herbs and earthy minerality. Nutty bitterness compliments the bright citrus finish.

100% Albariño
12.5% Alcohol
$16 [average price]

Adegas Valmiñor ‘Serra da Estrela’ Rías Baixas 2018

Located in the O Rosal area of southern Galicia in northwest Spain, Adegas Valmiñor was founded by Carlos Gómez in 1997. Grapes are from a 35 hectare, sustainably farmed vineyard with metamorphic schist soil. Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in colour, with aromas of lime, grapefruit, white flowers and stone fruits. Pear, green apple, citrus, a trace of grilled herbs and light spice are framed by steely acidity. Pink grapefruit and clean minerality linger between each zippy sip.

100 % Albariño
13% Alcohol
$16 [average price]


Samples submitted for editorial consideration.

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