Albariño, Fefinanes
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Albariño, Fefinanes - 2022

Item # 40001 750mL

One of our drier Albariños, this one has a mineral edge and floral peach aromas. This was absolutely made for shellfish and other light seafood dishes.

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Year in and year out this Albariño impresses well above its price point. The Palace of Fefinañes has been making wine in the famed Salnés valley since the 17th century, but it wasn’t until 1928 that they became a commercial winery. And it seems the quality only gets higher every year! Albariño is a unique grape, being that it exhibits both the maritime influence of coastal Spain as well as the rugged granite that it grows upon. Smooth yet chiseled on the palate, with an abundance of notes ranging from citrus, stone, and tropical fruits in addition to a delightful kiss of honeysuckle. The salinity found on the palate only enhances the fruits notes, much like adding salt to an entrée heightens the flavor of the dish. This is truly a remarkable wine to pair with anything from the sea!

- ADM

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Spain

Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Rías Baixas

Located on the Northeast coast of Spain, just north of the Portuguese border, Rías Baixas is home to the famed white grape varietal Albariño. These deliciously refreshing whites typically offer aromas of peach, apricot, and melon, backed by a steely minerality and a lean, crisp finish.

Albariño

The primary grape of the Rías Baixas (Lower Inlets) section of the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, Albariño is considered by many to be Spain's premier white wine. It also plays an important role in northern Portugal (where it is known as Alvarinho) as a component of Vinho Verde. The thick-skinned grapes thrive in the cool, windy climates of Galicia and northern Portgual, yielding intensely aromatic wines with typical aromas of almonds, white flowers, and stone fruits; the best examples...

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