2019-C Laxas Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Bodegas As Laxas has been family owned and operated since 1862, and has been producing exceptional wines since 1975 when the family of Simon Ferro completed their inaugural harvest. The estate vineyards are located in the Condado do Tea, which is the second largest subregion of the Rias Baixas DO.
They are terraced with a southern exposure overlooking the Mino River that separates Spain from the northern border of Portugal. Bodegas As Laxas was one of the first 5 bodegas in the region to be awarded the status of D.O. and remains a leader of innovation in winemaking to this day.
The Albariño vines are over 30 years old and planted on south-facing granite terraces between 500 and 650 feet. The exceptional micro-climate is characterized by mild temperatures with an annual average of 60°F, very little frost and abundant rainfall. This micro-climate is ideal for ripening, characterized by a higher sugar content and lower acidity level than more northerly areas of Rías Baixas that face more variable climates. The vines are primarily dry-farmed with irrigation used only in late August if needed. Clam, oyster, and mussel shells are added in the vineyards to increase the minerality of the soil and as a natural fertilizer.
The grapes were harvested by hand and fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, at a controlled temperature of 64°F. After fermentation, all the wines were racked to separate the lees, followed by a “coupage” of the various vats and cold stabilization before filtering and bottling.
This wine is pale straw yellow with green flecks. Its intense aromatics burst with white fruits and flowers. The palate shows an abundance of citrus fruits, cantaloupe, apricot, mandarin, a subtle minerality, and has a long juicy finish.