Bodegas La Carmina Albarino Rias Baixas 2017  - Last Bottle

Bodegas La Carmina Albarino Rias Baixas 2017

“Electricity is really just organized lightning” - George Carlin

And THIS $12 (!!!), blisteringly fresh and zesty Albarino from the Rias Baixas (say it with us! REE-ahs BI-shas) region of Spain is a brilliant bolt of organized lightning, oh yes!! We bought every bottle we could get upon tasting this and scored a jaw-dropper of a price. Hurry, though! You need this for summer quaffing!

We tasted this last year on one of our buying trips and flipped out, but had to wait for the 2017, and that’s a good thing, because...DANG! What a lovely creature this is --- racy and zippy but packed with stone fruits, hay, grapefruit, lemon/lime, passionfruit...all in a slightly creamy style that is immensely delicious and literally mouth-watering. Priced so crazily well, we’ll be drinking it all spring -- now that it has finally stopped raining here in Napa we can bust out the Tommy Bahama chairs and kick back on the front lawn outside the office. Woo hoo! Bring it!

Not a lot to go around...they drink it all in Spain! While it lasts…!

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The Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin is a small wine-producing area located in the northwest of Spain, in the region of Galicia. In the Rías Baixas there is a deep winemaking tradition, which has been inherited generation after generation.

Technical Details

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Varietal: Albarino
Aging/Cooperage: Maturation in stainless steel. Aging potential up to 2 years from harvest.
Alcohol: 12.50%

About The Producer

History has made clear the existing viticulture culture in the Galician Rias Baixas. Its commitment to native grape varieties is not trivial, but the result of the winemaking tradition in each of the five subzones of this Denomination of Origin (Condado do Tea, O Rosal, O Salnés, Ribeira do Ulla and Soutomaior) that, Once again, they have shown that this type of grape is the one that best adapts to its climate and soil.

The wines of Rías Baixas, for the most part, are not aged. However, its evolution in the bottle has been praised by numerous critics, sommeliers, distributors and specialized press. The acidity of the Albariño variety allows these wines to prolong their life, so that the coexistence of vintages, as happens with red wines, is the future trend in which the Regulating Council and the wineries work. In fact, now in some restaurants with very professional wine letters, you can already find Rías Baixas wines from different vintages. The sommelier himself, when selecting the wine, depending on the food, already advises, which is the vintage that best fits according to the type of menu and the moment.

Pairing Suggestions

Pasta, shellfish, vegetarian dishes, a variety of appetizers and snacks, lean fish.

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