Bodegas Zarate 2017 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Bodegas Zarate 2017 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Item Number: 12071

UPC: 8-437007929621

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Sub Region: Galicia
Appellation/AVA: Rias Baixas DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: A mix of organic material over granite
Elevation: 330 feet
Case Production: 3,700

Vineyard Notes: The Zarate Albariño is sourced from various estate vineyard parcel selections. About 15% of the vineyards are ungrafted. The vines are pergola trained at a low density of about 1,200 plants/hectare. They average about 35 years.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested and sorted in the vineyard. Fermentation occurs naturally with native yeast in stainless steel tanks. The wine spends 6 months on its fine lees. About 10-25% goes through malolactic fermentation. Malolactic–when it occurs–is spontaneous. Sulfite addition is low.

Tasting Notes: This is a fantastic Albariño. A fresh sea salt nose blends with citrus and a hint of anise spice. It is quite lovely and balanced.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (2/28/2019)

    The entry-level Albariño wears just the winery name, of which I tasted the current 2017 Zárate, a clean, fresh and expressive varietal wine with classical aromas of white flowers, very clean and open. It's very approachable and gentle with nice balance, integrated acidity and very good freshness, and it has that dry sensation in the palate, possibly from the granite soils, linear and straight. It's elegant and really easy to drink.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (3/1/2019)

    High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit scents, along with hints of white flowers and chalky minerals. Offers dry, incisive Meyer lemon and pear flavors that show an appealing blend of depth and energy. Closes with bright, mineral grip and impressively persistent citrus pith and honeysuckle qualities.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 92 (7/1/2019)

    Anything that Eulogio Pomares does turns to gold (not just Albarino - seek out his reds too). This is his 'straightforward' Albarino and it's textbook in its refinement, a natural yeast fermentation and three months on lees developing fine complexity.