Zarate Albarino DO Rias Baixas
PRODUCER: Zarate is a family-owned estate located in Meaño, the heart of the Salnés Valley in the Rías Baixas appellation. The Zarate tradition began in 1707 in the times of Diego Zárate y Murga, the first Marquis of Montesacro, by a decree of Philip V. Seven generations later, the Zarate family continues tending the family vineyards and making the wine.
WINEMAKING: After hand-picking the grapes, fruit is destemmed and lightly pressed. Wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and rests on its fine lees for 3 months, with no battonage.
TASTING NOTES: Albariño as it should be. Minerality and balance in a bottle. Strongly mineral, balanced and very focused and tight, like a good Chablis. Hidden amongst the steely character of the wine, stone fruits such as peach and apricot lurk. Unlike some paler versions of Albariño, this wine should last well over the next two or three years.