2018 Raul Perez Rias Baixas Albarino Atalier a Cruz das Animas

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A Cruz das Ánimas’ (The Crossroads of Souls ) leaps out of the glass with aromas of oyster shell and granite and follows through with a palate rich in marine-inflected yellow and green fruits and sporting a powerful surge of acidity.

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Albariño

A pleasantly refreshing light white wine. Most known from Rias Baixas in Spain, but additionally as Vinho Verde in Portugal. Albariño’s are generally high in acid with refreshing citrus fruit flavors and a notably saline mineral character due to the regions’ proximity to the ocean. Serve these wines well-chilled while eating fish tacos on a hot summer day, you won’t be disappointed.

Galicia, Spain

Part of what can be referred to as “Green” Spain, Galicia is located in the upper north west corner of the country. Wine production here dates back to the time of the Romans. It is one of the coolest areas producing refreshingly crisp Albariño with strong mineral characteristics as well as elegant red wine from the Mencía grape. Galicia boasts five denominated wine regions (DOs) including the infamous Rías Baixas, the closest DO to the Atlantic ocean.

Many believe that the Albarino grape was first brought to Spain by the French monks in the 11th and 12th centuries via the Camino de Santiago. Whether that is completely accurate or not, we do know that the grapes ancestral home in Spain is the Val do Salnés. A coastal region with sandy soils that were able to survive the phylloxera crisis of the late 19th century, thus making them some of the oldest un-grafted vitis vinifera plantings in the world. Atalier Albariño comes from a trio of such vineyards, all within a kilometer of the coast in the village of Dena.

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