From: Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain
The Val do Salnés sub-zone of Rias Baixas that Bodegas Granbazan calls home is situated on the Atlantic west coast of Spain, which is characterized by its especially cool, damp maritime climate. Albarino thrives here and across the region because the grapes’ thick skins allow them to withstand the damp climate without succumbing to rot. Each one of the winery’s 10 vineyard plots (which span across 17 hectares) is monitored separately according to its own microclimate, adapting all necessary work in the vineyard to the unique needs of each one.
Tasting Notes: Faint translucent and bright yellow. The nose is lively and intense with a marked tropical profile of ripe stone fruit along with citrus fruits like mandarin, and subtle notes of marzipan and brioche. On the palate, it is powerful with a strong mineral core, refreshing acidity, and a long saline finish.
Pairing: The low alcohol and ripe fruit flavors in this wine would match beautifully with the fruity chili notes present in Thai or Indian food. On a more traditional note, the wine is also lovely alongside pasta with creamy sauces like Carbonara, a variety of fish preparations, and full-flavored cheeses like Gouda.
93 Points -James Suckling
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