Bodegas Zarate 2018 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Bodegas Zarate 2018 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Item Number: 13223

UPC: 8-437007929621

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Sub Region: Rias Baixas
Appellation/AVA: Rias Baixas DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Albariño
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (6/11/2020)

    2018 has to be one of the finest vintages produced in recent times at Zárate. I tasted two vintages of the entry-level eponymous Albariño, and the 2018 Zárate feels like one of the most complete vintages in recent times. It's a wine of great freshness, despite what the analysis might say, with a sharp and vertical palate with marked granite, a very mineral and saline vintage. It has citrus and floral notes and a long finish. There's only about one-third of the volume with malolactic, and the balance between acidity and roundness is amazing. Truly balanced. And amazingly enough, this is the largest volume ever. Quality and quantity! They planted some new vines (two hectares) that came into production in 2018, so this is all from their own vineyard.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (6/17/2021)

    Vibrant, mineral-accented green apple, lemon zest and jasmine scents are complemented by a deeper nectarine nuance. Racy and sharply focused on the palate, showing bright lift and minerally cut to the fresh Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors. The mineral note comes back strongly on the penetrating finish, which leaves a juicy pear nectar note behind.