Columna 2021 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Columna 2021 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO

Item Number: 16625

UPC: 8-437008409306

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Sub Region: Rias Baixas
Appellation/AVA: Rias Baixas DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2021
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Granite and alluvial
Elevation: 135 feet

Terroir Notes: DO Rías Baixas, on the Northwest Atlantic coast of Spain, is home to the queen of Spanish white grapes – Albariño. This rocky coastline is stark and lush all at once, with cold wet winds coming off the ocean providing moisture for plant growth as well as harsh climate for growing wine grapes. Rías Baixas is comprised of 5 non-contiguous subzones that give a wide spectrum and rich tapestry of terroir to Albariño, which is a grape that is known for showing its provenance very clearly. In the case of Columna, we find ourselves in Condado de Tea, on the banks of the Miño river, inland from the coast and just above the border with Portugal. As the warmest and driest subzone, Condado de Tea produces wines that showcase more generous fruit and ample body than those from the coast. The vines are tended in granite and alluvial soil, which imparts lots of minerality.

Winemaking Notes: Fermentation occurs naturally utilizing indigenous yeast that live on the skin of the grapes. Before fermentation the grapes macerate at cool temperature (39F) for 1-2 days. The wine ages in stainless steel tanks.

Pairing Suggestions: Albariño's crisp clean flavors are extremely versatile. Seafood, clams, oysters are what the local Galician people eat with this queenly grape. It also pairs like magic with Sushi, Indian, or Thai. Other pairings that are successful include hard-to-pair, popular take-out meals like cold sesame noodles, chicken tikka masala, pad thai, and tacos.