Bodegas Zarate 2018 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
Item Number: 13223
Sub Region: Rias Baixas
Appellation/AVA: Rias Baixas DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Albariño
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
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 parcels. 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. The addition of sulphites 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.
93pts (2019 Vintage) Decanter 7/12/2020
"Textbook Albariño grown on the traditional parral canopy over decayed granite soil. Vines are 35 years old and tend more to fresh minerality in character than simple fruit. This is the easiest of Eulogio Pomares' white wines to track down, but do also seek out Balado, El Palomar and Tras da Viña if you can."