Albariño, Tête de Cuvée, Envidia Cochina
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Albariño, Tête de Cuvée, Envidia Cochina - 2020

Item # 44622 750mL

Eladio Piñeiro has been crafting wine from Albariño since before the Rías Baixas appellation was granted. These vineyards are located in the Salnés Valley and are about 30 years old. The wine is aged on the lees, giving texture to the intensely tropical fruit aromas that these vines give. After all of these years he is finally making the type of wines that he loves. Pair with seafood fideos.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Albariño is getting a serious makeover these days, mostly thanks to the talents of young natural winemakers in Galicia, and the proof can be found in this seriously delicious example from Evidia Cochina's Eladio Piñeiro, who farms vines biodynamically near Pontevedra in Rías Baixas. Grapes experience a bit of skin contact, and the wine sits on its lees for over a year, so expect a textured and nuanced fuller-bodied white wine, expressing an unfolding story of salty sea spray, tropical fruit and white flowers during its time in your glass. Shellfish (clams & pasta! steamed mussels! a lobster!) would be right as rain with this wine. I brought a bottle over to a Swedish crawfish boil (highly recommended) and it played real nice.

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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.


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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