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Pazo Cilleiro

Albariño,
 2016

$19.97 $17.99/bottle

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Description

Inspired by the ancient Cilleiros monks who kept the wine in the monasteries, this wine shows strength and structure of the best Albariño grapes, a true reflection of the Salnes valley. This lively, aromatic Albariño has a lingering and fruity finish with a balance that will leave a lasting and positive impression

Variety: Albariño
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
Winemaker: Bodegas Muriel
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Pazo Cilleiro Albariño has a lively golden yellow color, with green reflections. It is clean and balanced, with citric fruits and white fruit notes, with small white flower aromas. The taste mimics the nose – it is fresh, round and elegant on the palate, with a persistent, refreshing finish

John's Notes

You can probably tell by how often I’ve been featuring them, but these warm sunny days have really put me in the mood for good Albariño lately. In fact, this is the 3rd Albarino that I’ve featured in the past month!

On the nose, fresh peach, lemon, white flowers, and a hint of pineapple lift easily from the glass. On the palate, just-picked pink grapefruit, lime pith, white peach, vibrant minerality, and white flower blossoms create energetic layers of flavor that finish with a nice dose of salinity and just a dusting of white pepper

I enjoyed this bottle with family and a cheese plate. It was good with sharp white cheddar.  It was AMAZING with aged Gruyere

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Bodegas Muriel

  • Muriel Wines’ most western winery is located in the municipality of Meis, in Rías Baixas, almost 700 kilometers from Elciego, our home town in Rioja Alavesa
  • Near the winery, the beautiful Armenteira monastery, built in Galician Romanesque style, bears witness to the long wine growing tradition of this land

Variety: Albariño

Region: Meis, Rias Baixas, Spain

Climate:  Given its proximity to the Atlantic, the northwest coast of Spain has a moderate maritime climate with high rainfall. The region generally experiences average growing season temperatures from 62 – 65°F with a low annual difference between the hottest and coldest months of the year

Viticulture:  

  • The grapes are harvested from selected small vineyards around the winery in Salnés Valley, in the heart of the Rías Baixas appellation (in Galicia – Northwestern Spain). Altogether, there are 80 hectares under vine cared for by 250 independent winegrowers with whom we have a close partnership
  • The soil is granite, quite rich in quartz but poor in organic components, with a sandy texture
  • The vines are 20 to 25 years old, grown mostly in the traditional pergola system

Winemaking:  

  • The grapes are harvested by hand and gently pressed with the must moved into temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks
  • The must is kept chilled and is racked and fermented under controlled temperature conditions.
  • Fermentation takes place over 14 days as the wine is softly macerated with part of the grape skins
  • The wine is then stabilized at a low temperature and aged with its fine lees to enhance the aromas of the Albariño variety
  • The wine is laid to rest in the bottle before it goes on sale

Alcohol: 13.0%

Pairs With: Crabcakes, mussels in garlic sauce, scallops

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast (89): Subdued white fruit aromas lead to a stern, minerally palate in this wine. Mixed citrus flavors with integrated acidity carry it through a bright finish.  Michael Schachner

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