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Raimat Albarino 2013

Albarino from Spain
    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Brilliant, pale yellow with greenish hues. Aromas of orange blossom, balsamic, touches of eucalyptus, lime and tropical fruits such as mango. A balanced, rounded wine that is fresh with predominant notes of citrus and peach.

    Blend: 100% Albarino

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    Raimat, Spain
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    Raimat makes all its wines with grapes grown on its estate. This is because Raimat is committed to quality and knows that only with the best grapes can one make a great wine. Furthermore, Raimat is aware that it needs to innovate in order to obtain premium quality: today, with over 30 ongoing projects, it is a leader in research in Europe. Raimat was born with the conviction that sustainable winegrowing is the best way to respect and preserve the environment without undermining productive and efficacious agriculture in any way.

    In accomplishing this, nature has always been our best ally. At Raimat we work with Nature, not against her. By means of sustainable winegrowing practices, we produce excellent premium wines without straining or altering the environment. All Raimat’s vineyards hold CCPI certification (Consell Català de Producció Integrada) as grapes produced by means of environmentally friendly practices that are non hazardous to human health.

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

    Albarino

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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 characteristic with Viognier, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muscat. If you enjoy these elegantly perfumed whites, chances are you’ll love Albariño.

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