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La Cana Albarino (375ML half-bottle) 2017

Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

Straw yellow color with golden hints. This wine expresses traces of lime and grapefruit.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
This firm white delivers mineral, quinine and ginger flavors that show grip and focus, backed by noticeable tannins that give way to a smoky finish. More savory than fruity, though peach and quince are in the mix. Distinctive.
JS 91
James Suckling
Slightly lifted preserved pears and a hint of grapefruit. Super tangy, succulent and minerally palate. Nicely dialed-in.
V 91
Vinous
Light, green-tinged yellow. High-pitched aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, jasmine and dusty minerals, along with a hint of tarragon. Tightly wound Meyer lemon and quince flavors show very good depth and flesh out steadily on the back half. Deftly blends power and finesse and finishes with solid grip and impressively persistent citrus fruit and floral qualities. (65% stainless steel and 35% large French oak casks.)
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Whenever I pick up a bottle of Albariño, my palate automatically goes to the sea, and I am thinking of shellfish. The 2016 La Caña did this to me, but with a twist. The wine's richness tells me to use a little cream sauce in my dish. TASTING NOTES: This wine is generous and loaded with personality. Its aromas and flavors of candy-like fruit, dried fruit, and bitter almonds should pair it nicely with a lobster in sherry-reduction cream sauce. (Tasted: October 24, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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A cool new wine from the Jorge Ordonez Portfolio. A wine of this quality and magnitude can only come from carefully tended old gnarled vines grown under adverse conditions.
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Rias Baixas

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Named after the rías, or estuarine inlets, that flow as far as 20 miles inland, Rías Baixas is an Atlantic coastal region with a cool and wet maritime climate. The entire region claims soil based on granite bedrock, but the inlets create five subregions of slightly different growing environments for its prized white grape, Albariño.

Val do Salnés on the west coast is said to be the birthplace of Albariño; it is the coolest and wettest of all of the regions. Having been named as the original subregion, today it has the most area under vine and largest number of wineries.

Ribeira do Ulla in the north and inland along the Ulla River is the newest to be included. It is actually the birthplace of the Padrón pepper!

Soutomaior is the smallest region and is tucked up in the hills at the end of the inlet called Ria de Vigo. Its soils are light and sandy over granite.

O Rosal and Condado do Tea are the farthest south in Rías Baixas and their vineyards actually cover the northern slopes of the Miño River, facing the Vinho Verde region in Portugal on its southern bank.

Albariño gives this region its fame and covers 90% of the area under vine. Caiño blanco, Treixadura and Loureira as well as occasionally Torrontés and Godello are permitted in small amounts in blends with Albariño. Red grapes are not very popular but Mencía, Espadeiro and Caiño Tinto are permitted and grown.

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Bright and aromatic with distinctive floral and fruity characteristics, Albariño has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last couple of decades. This grape claims dual citizenship of both Spain (in the Rías Baixas region) and Portugal, where it is widely planted in the northwest and is known as Alvarinho. In recent years, plantings have increased throughout California.

In the Glass

Bursting with rich, ripe flavor, Albariño can show flavors of orange blossom, lime, pear, melon and white peach. It may also have notes of raw almond, freshly cut grass, jasmine or geranium. The best examples boast zingy acidity and often a briny, mineral quality. It is typically fermented in stainless steel to preserve purity of fruit, though oak-aged examples can provide a weighty yet refreshing alternative to Chardonnay with surprising potential for aging. Due to Albariño’s thick skins and large number of pips, it often shows a hint of attractive bitterness on the palate.

Perfect Pairings

Albariño loves seafood, and can be paired with a variety of marine delicacies. Its distinctive waxy texture and lemony acidity make it a perfect pairing with fresh sardines, oysters, octopus or squid.

Sommelier Secret

Albariño is considered an aromatic variety, and actually shares characteristics with Viognier, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muscat. If you enjoy these elegantly perfumed whites, chances are you’ll love Albariño.

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