La Val Orballo, Rias Baixas, Spain. Albarino 2009
"This exotic wine offers notes of red cherry, strawberry, violets, white pepper and spice," says the winemaker. With clean fragrances of fresh fruit, the winemaker says this bottle has soft floral and balsamic evocations, powerful flavors, good structure and balanced acidity. The color is straw yellow with a green hue. The nose is apples and flowers with a background of citrus. On the palate, the wine presents pineapple, nectarine and apple, smooth and creamy to the feel, balanced and fresh with a long and pleasant finish in structure. Perfect for 2 to "drink the whole bottle" for dinner at 12% alcohol.
This wine comes with a story. The Limeres Family owns three famous and successful restaurants in Madrid and Vigo. Quality obsessed, Jose Limeres, decided to grow his own Albarino grapes to offer quality wines that met his standards. Limeres was a pioneer in planting only Albarino grapes and in making a totally and truly estate wine with only his and no one else's grapes. In other words, for this bottle, the wine buck stops with Jose! Trellises are used to keep the grapes closer to the sun and away from the damp soil. Only native yeasts are used. The yield is low. The wine is well crafted and, well, muy bueno!
This green skinned grape is native to Galicia on the North Atlantic Coast of Spain. Rias is a wine zone in Spain known for producing some of the country's most acclaimed dry white wines. The word "rias" refers to the coastal inlets that characterize the landscape.
If you like "Gina's Picks," this is a bottle you should try.