Serra da Estrela Albarino 2011
Under the D.O. Rias Baixas, Bodegas Couto is located in the Area of "Condado do Tea". This Area includes the right bank of the Miño River, from Salvaterra to the parish boundary Ourense. The Condado area has an Atlantic climate, as has the rest of the D.O. Rías Baixas area, it has high rainfall and a moderate temperature between a maximum of 30° and minimum 0°C. Freezing temperatures are only found during December and January. The main grape variety planted here is Albarino, producing wine of great aromatic quality and elegance. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: 100% Albarino Vinification: Grapes are hand selected prior to destemming. Cold temperature maceration (10°C) during 6-8 hours. Static settling of the juice. Pressing.Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel with automatic temperature control. Stabilisation of the wine, filtering through a tangential filter and bottling. Resting in the bottle for 30 days prior to distribution. Tasting note: A pale yellow wine with green reflections and steely shades of great transparency. Care in the vineyard has produced this wines surprisingly intense, aromatic richness with hints of apricot and pear and ripe exotic fruits, complemented by a lemon-lime vibrancy, all perfectly blended together with is subtle flowery scent. In the mouth Serra da Estrela is ripe and fruity, elegant and long lasting. Serve: 10-12°C on its own or as a partner to fish, white meats and lightly spiced dishes. ABV: 12,5% Acidity: 6 R/S: 3,7g/l PH: 3,28
External Reviews for Serra da Estrela Albarino
Albariño 2010 - #2 in Best Albarinos, Decanter/ “Good consistent wine with a combination of freshness and fruit. It has personality and expressiveness although a rather creamy finish. Enjoyable and easy to drink wine.” – Ferran Centelles (Sommelier) Lovely warm, ripe summer scents, hint of honey. Rich, mature fruit, well integrated, lovely complexity, richness, structure, long, golden, just the barest hint of austerity on the finish.” -- John Radford (Wine Writer) Smoky aromas, with fresh herbs, lemon conserve. Vivid beginning to the palate, with clean, steely freshness. Fruit develops, to show ripe supple character which softens effect of acidity, stony minerality to finish.” -- Sarah Jane Evans, MW
Albarino 2007 - Recommended, Bon Appetit/ A crisp, clean white with apricot flavors and mineral undertones. Hot Bottle.
Albarino 2007 - Everyday with Rachael Ray/ A delicious meal deserves the perfect wine. Floral; Match with meatloaf, turkey-and-stuffing pie, or chicken dumplings.
Albarino 2007 - Star Selection, Food & Wine/ The Rias Baixas region on Spain's northwest coast produces superb whites, mostly from the Albarino variety. The flavor of this minerally, bright bottling recalls fresh-cut grapefruit.
Albarino 2010 - 88 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Apple and honeyed aromas are round and ripe. The palate is chunky and easy, but with good acidity. Flavors revolve around apple and peach, while the finish is linear and direct. Ripe and solid wine from a good vintage for Albariño.
Northwest Spain’s Rías Baixas (ree’-yahs bye’-shass) appellation in Galicia has made a dramatic entrance onto the global wine stage in recent years as the premier source of the country’s most alluring and refreshingly vibrant white wines. This distinctive region – with its cool, damp maritime climate and lush green vegetation – is unlike any other part of Spain, and has proven to be an ideal environment for the cultivation of premium quality Albariño (ahl-bah-reen yoh) grapes. If you ask a wine lover to name Spain’s best region for white wine, chances are the reply will be an enthusiastic “Rías Baixas, of course!” The Serra da Estrela winery, established in 2000 by owner Carlos Gomez, has swiftly made a name for itself as source of some of the region’s most expressive Albariño wines. The winery is situated in the Condado do Tea subzone of Rias Baixas on the northern slopes of the Miño river, just across from Portugal’s Vinho Verde region. Albariño vines achieve excellence in the granite soils that characterize this terrain. Production Area Rías Baixas, Northwest Spain The vineyards are situated in the “Condado do Tea” subzone, on the northern slopes of the river Miño. The granite soil has good drainage and little potassium. A pergola trellis system is used to protect the grapes from humidity and fungal diseases. Grape Varieties 100% Albariño Vinification All grapes are hand-harvested and berries are hand selected. Grapes undergo a cold maceration at 50°F for 6-8 hours. The juice settles and is then pressed. Alcoholic fermentation takes places for 20 days under controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is sent through a tangential filter. The wine rests in the bottle for one month before it is released. Color Pale lemon with green reflections. Bouquet Fragrant aroma of fresh apples, citrus and tropical fruit, with an undertone of white flowers. Taste A crisp, refreshing and full-bodied white with delightful flavors of apricot, pear, and lemon with a beautiful finish of aromatic honeysuckle. Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Outstanding partner for oysters, fresh shellfish and seafood, pasta in creamy sauces, roast chicken and other poultry dishes.
Under the D.O. Rias Baixas, Bodegas Couto is located in the Area of Condado do Tea . This Area includes the right bank of the Mino River, from Salvaterra to the parish boundary Ourense. The Condado area has an Atlantic climate, as has the rest of the D.O. Rias Baixas area of Spain, it has high rainfall and a moderate temperature between a maximum of 30 and minimum 0C. Freezing temperatures are only found during December and January. The main grape variety planted here is Albarino, producing wine of great aromatic quality and elegance. A well known favourite grape of the locals. Grapes: 100% Albarino Region: Spain / Galicia / Rias Baixas DO Notes: A pale yellow white wine with green reflections and steely shades of great transparency. Care in the vineyard has produced this wines surprisingly intense, aromatic richness with hints of apricot and pear and ripe exotic fruits, complemented by a lemon-lime vibrancy, all perfectly blended together with is subtle flowery scent. In the mouth Serra da Estrela is ripe and fruity, elegant and long lasting. Serve: 10-12 deg. C on its own or as a partner to fish, white meats and lightly spiced dishes. ABV: 13% Suitable for Vegetarians
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