Bodegas del Palacio Fefiñanes Albariño 2017

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Bodegas del Palacio Fefiñanes Albariño 2017

19.99

Rias Baixas, Spain

Tasting Notes: This vivacious Albaniño is full of apple and zesty citrus characters rounded by apricot and peach. When drunk young, it is best described as crisp and refreshing with lively acidity. This wine, however, can age well and if saved for several years takes on a honeyed undertone.

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About the winery: The bodega’s name is a nod to its location as part of a 17th century palace on Plaza de Fefiñanes, a beautiful square in the coastal town of Cambados. There has always been winemaking at the Palacio de Fefiñanes but it became a brand and a business in 1928. A year later, they released their first commercially available Albariño and to this day, it remains the only varietal they work with.

About the region: Albariño's home is in the Rias Baixas (ree-az buy-shaz) Denominacion de Origen in the northwest, green region of Galicia. Here, vines are grown very close to sea level, near the estuary, which prevents frost but has plenty of warm, damp days. Frequently, you will see vines, some over a hundred years old, growing on canopies to allow fruit to hang for maximum air circulation. 

About the winemaking: Fefiñanes sources grapes from 66 families of local, respected growers in the Salnes Valley for five generations. The wines's delicacy and finesse is preserved by cold fermenting in stainless steel for 2 weeks followed by 3-4 months of aging on lees. This wine sees no oak.