Bodegas Albamar

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Cambados, Rías Baixas
People: Alba Family, Owners | Xurxo Alba, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Bodegas Albamar 2016 'Albamar' Albarino, Rias Biaxas DO Login WA 91 In Stock
Bodegas Albamar 2015 'Alma de Mar' Albarino, Rías Baixas DO Login WA 94 In Stock
Bodegas Albamar 2015 'Fusco' Mencia, Ribeira Sacra DO Login WA 90 In Stock
Bodegas Albamar 2014 'O Esteiro' Tinto, Rías Baixas DO Login In Stock

If Sally sells seashells by the sea shore, Xurxo Alba of Albamar makes Albariño al alba del mar (next to the sea). If it were up to us, we'd stop right here. There's really not much more to say. It's what Xurxo was born to do. It's what he knows best. He is the personification of Albariño.

His cellar is in Cambados, next door to his parents' restaurant and tienda de ultramarinos, a small shop selling local artisan foods. His family has been farming and making Albariño in the O Salnés sub-region of Rías Baixas for generations. It wasn't until Xurxo finished his oenology studies that the Alba family started bottling and commercializing their wines in 2006.

The Alba family owns about 2.5 hectares but also sources from about 10 hectares spread throughout the region. Their winery and land is close to the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Umia River in the heart of Galicia's Rías Baixas. Xurxo wishes they owned more, but like their land, neighboring vineyards have been passed along from generation to generation. Working the land is a way of life; it's a hobby. It's what people do with their free time. It's a lifestyle in that money can't buy.

Xurxo farms and makes sure his farmers farm as naturally as possible, as much as the region permits. Being by the sea, the threat of fungal diseases like mildew and oidium is always present. In the cellar, spontaneous fermentation with native yeast is a common denominator between all of the wines. Whether he works the lees or uses oak is on a wine by wine basis, vintage by vintage.

Media Links
Spanish Wine Lover: Albamar Brings out the Freshness of Albariño
The New York Times: Your Next Lesson: Albariño

Social Media
Bodegas Albamar Flickr
Bodegas Albamar Facebook
Twitter: @BodegasAlbamar

Wine Advocate 8/31/2017
"Xurxo Alba Padín from Albamar is expanding to other zones of Galicia, Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra and has expanded his red range in Rías Baixas to the three varieties. The 2015 whites are phenomenal, especially my favorite, 69 Arrobas. I tasted with him and visited some of his vineyards. He is one of the guys to watch."

Reviews

  • Bodegas Albamar 2016 'Albamar' Albarino, Rias Biaxas DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2017)

    The 2016 Albamar, the fastest selling wine and the biggest volume wine in the winery, was already bottled and out in the market. It's a pure Albariño from a vintage that was warmer in Rías Baixas than in other regions. He harvested looking at acidity levels to avoid losing freshness, and the finished wine has the same acidity as previous years. It's a drinkable and agile, easy-to-drink and fresh Albariño, mostly from sandy soils from decomposed granite. In all the Albariños, he presses the full clusters and didn't let this go through malolactic. The wine is kept with lees, with some 10% of the wine kept in 2,500-liter oak foudres but always without bâtonnage, looking for transparency and focus, wanting to reflect the zone with marked acidity and freshness. This is a vertical Albariño with marked granite minerality in the palate.
  • Bodegas Albamar 2015 'Alma de Mar' Albarino, Rías Baixas DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (8/31/2017)

    The 2015 Alma de Mar is pure Albariño from a single plot by the beach planted some 38 years ago on sandy soils. The wine was fermented with wild yeasts, put through malolactic and aged in contact with the lees in stainless steel, with some bâtonnage, for about eight months. This is a lot sharper than other vintages, even if in theory this should have been softer because of malolactic and the work with the lees. It must be the character of the year! It really seems to have the soul of the sea (its name!).
  • Bodegas Albamar 2015 'Fusco' Mencia, Ribeira Sacra DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2017)

    Sourced from a myriad of small plots on granite soils in the Chantada zone of Ribeira Sacra, the cooler zone from the appellation, the 2015 Fusco is Mencía that fermented destemmed with indigenous yeast and matured in tank until bottling. It has a straightforward, fruit-driven nose and an approachable, simple palate, which makes it quite approachable and easy to drink.