O Raio da Vella Albariño<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?The altitude for this wine is 0 feet. O Raio da Vella is located on the edge of the Atlantic. This is the inaugural vintage for this 1.5 hectare single parcel 100% Albariño selected for its extraordinary aromatic and textural characteristics.
RATING HISTORY:2021 92 WE; 2019 94 VM; 2017 92 WA
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Native yeast fermentation, then aged on the lees in 4-year-old foudre (French oak of 2,500 liters) for 12 months.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Rías Baixas is tucked into the green rolling hills of the northwest corner of Spain, just above Portugal, hugging the deep blue Atlantic coastline. It is a breathtaking region overall, and the sub-region of Val do Salnes, the birthplace of Albariño, is no exception. Within the five unique subzones that fall under the D.O. Rías Baixas , Val do Salnes’ prime location is the coolest and most fertile area of the D.O. on the Atlantic coast of Spain. The O Raio da Vella vineyard is planted next to the Atlantic in the municipality of Castrelo de Mino in Pontevedra. The 1.5 hectare estate is planted half to Albariño and the other half to indigenous red varieties. It has a planting density of 1400 vines, traditionally trellised in sandy and kaolin soils of granitic origin.
TASTING NOTES:Intense aromas of Meyer Lemon, bay leaf, fennel, white grapefruit, lime rind with a hint of paperwhites and lemon meringue. What is found in the nose follows through on the palate with the addition of fennel, quince and silky olive oil texture. The wine has beautiful length with a backbone of acidity and salinity that hints at its proximity to the ocean.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.99 lbs (.45 kg)
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