Pazo de Galegos Albarino 2007
Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
Pazo Galegos, pale yellow, with apple aromas and hints of pear, with subtle anise and herbal notes adding complexity. On the palate fleshy and broad but quickly tightens up persistent and expressive; well balanced. Its finish is delicate and long. Pazo Galegos is fermented with its own natural yeast at cool temperatures undergoing maceration (skins in contact with its juice) for 6 hours prior to fermentation.
The Wine Advocate - "The Pazo de Galegos estate is located in the interior of Rias Baixas (most producers are on the coast) giving more consistent weather. The 2007 Albariño was sourced from 26-year-old vines and raised in stainless steel with partial malolactic fermentation. Light gold-colored, it has an attractive perfume of lemon, orange peel, and mineral. Creamy, round, and balanced, it has very good acidity and a long, crisp finish. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Light green-gold. Ripe lime and pear on the nose, with subtle anise and herbal notes adding complexity. Enters the mouth fleshy and broad but quickly tightens up, offering taut lime and orchard fruit flavors with a nervy chalky undertone. Blends depth with briskness and finishes with smooth orange and yellow plum flavors. Impressively complex wine with the power to stand up to richer foods."
Pazo de Galegos Winery
Bodegas y Viñedos Pazo de Galegos was founded by Manuel García Gomez in 1989. Today they own 25 acres (10 Ha) of Albariño and Mencía grapes vines.
Pazo de Galegos is a distinct Albariño, revealing the true virtues of its unique terroir. The wines are fermented with the natural occurring yeasts from their own grapes. These Low yielding vines produce expressive concentrated wines. Pazo de Galegos wines undergo partial malolactic fermentation, to achieve greater freshness and aromatic expression.
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About Rias BaixasView a map of Rias Baixas wineries (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.