Adega Eidos Eidos de Padrinan Albarino 2008
Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
"Eidos" are the backyard garden arbors constituting the traditional Albariño vineyard. Selected grapes from vines over 50 years are destemmed, crushed and macerated under temperature control for maximum aromatic extraction. Natural yeasts are encouraged for a prolonged fermentation, the wine bottled beginning in April following the vintage after extended contact with the fine lees. Richly textured and exotically intense Albariño, the salty sea breeze and granitic levels evident in a mouthwateringly mineral finish.
Wine & Spirits - "Made from this estate's younger vines in Sanxenxo and fruit from neighboring growers, this is youthfully blunt and intensely flavorful. It has a distinctive, rosy red fruit character, hinting at persimmon, broadening to toasted almond and honey. The finish opens out and lasts. The wine already has intriguing resonance, and should only gain over the coming months in bottle."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Eidos de Padrinan Albarino was sourced from old vines on granite and raised sur lie for 7 months. It gives up aromas of mineral, sea salt, lemon, and floral notes. Vibrant on the palate, this savory, intense offering will drink well for another 2-3 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale gold. Racy lemon and green apple aromas give way to richer melon and peach with air. Smooth and gently sweet orchard fruit flavors are braced by a note of bitter lemon zest and show a talc-like mineral quality on the back end. Suavely blends energy and power, finishing with tangy citrus and succulent herb qualities."
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Adega Eidos Winery
Founded in 2000 by local grower Manuel Villalustre, with a state-of-the-art facility completed in 2003, the winery is located in Padriñán parish at the southern extreme of the Val do Salnés. Twenty acres of old Albariño vines in 100 separate parcels are located amongst the gardens of Sanxenxo overlooking the sea on a southerly slope protected from the north winds. Superb fruit results from which the region's most concentrated and intense wines are obtained.
Adega Eidos produces Albariño from grapes grown exclusively in and among the gardens of Sanxenxo in the parish of Padriñán, at the southern extreme of Rías Baixas' Val do Salnés. Padriñán encompasses a unique south-facing slope overlooking the sea, its perfect exposure enhanced by reflection from the water and a wind-sheltering stand of eucalyptus at the top of the slope. The "Eidos" (garden arbors) in Sanxenxo are traditionally trained and more often than not ungrafted and over 50 years of age. One hundred such parcels totaling 20 acres are owned or controlled by Adega Eidos. Since 2003, winemaking has taken place in a winemaking facility of efficient and modern design. Selected bunches are brought the short distance in small crates, then subjected to further sorting before destemming, crushing and cold maceration. Natural yeasts are encouraged under temperature control to achieve long fermentations and natural clarification and the wines left on their fine lees until bottling. View all Adega Eidos Wines
About Rias Baixas(REE-ez BUY-shuss) Spain's prominent white wine region. Situated in Galacia, the region is wet and rainy with some large temperature changes due to its proximity to the coast. The main grape of note here is Albarino, the white variety known for creating fragrant and fruity wines perfect for seafood. The bottles are easily recognized as they all print “Albarino” on their label.
Notable FactsThere are sub-districts in Rias Baixas, a few of them are more prone to blending Albarino with some other indigenous grapes, which can make the wines more aromatic or fuller-bodied. Both single variety Albarino and blended wines excel in this area. Aromatic and light, one whiff of these whites may bring thoughts of a Sauvignon Blanc, but after one sip the creamy texture says otherwise. Typical aromas and flavors are peach, honeysuckle, lime and vanilla.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.