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Atelier’s 2017 A Cruz das Ánimas Albariño shows the saline and bright, acid forward qualities of the grape when grown in Rias Baixas, but also the rich, satisfying textural elements from Raul's expressive winemaking. This wine is excellent on its own as an apéritif, with all seafood, tapas, or with main dishes made with veal, chicken, ham, medium-bodied cheeses, or vegetables. Traditional Galician dishes such as Almejas a la marinera-clams steamed with a bit of Albariño, some olive oil and some diced onion, Pulpo a la Gallega (Galician octopus)-a very spicy dish where the octopus is cooked with paprika, or Caldeirada (Galician fish stew)-made with potatoes and a white fish, are incredibly delicious when paired with this Albariño.
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Complex aromas of salinity exotic fruits with wet earth/herbal tones. The palate is textured with excellent acidity.100% Albarino from Rias Biaxas.
"The flavor of tart white fruit remains in the background, while intense mineral notes surround the palate in a hug. This albarino is juicy, refreshing and full of life, its acidity present from beginning to end and everywhere in between. Open it now for seafood linguine."
Marta Castro produces this tasty Albariño from vines located in the Salnes Valley town of Ribadumia, just a bit inland from Cambados. Given 5 months of lees ageing in the tank, this is an albariño with juicy stone fruit flavors, a round texture and well balanced acidity. Delicious, representative and good value in Albariño.
The cooler, higher elevation Condado do Tea subregion gives rise to a fresh, precise expression of Albariño in general and this particular site lends an intense mineral streak through the wine. A floral, blossomy nose with peach and apricot aromas which carry through on the palate with taut structure, complex fresh fruit, understated mid-palate weight, all on a strong backbone of mineral acidity.
Atalier is the exciting new Rías Baixas Albariño project from the redoubtable Raúl Pérez, produced in conjunction with his friend and frequent collaborator Rodri Méndez of the Forjas del Salnés estate in the Val do Salnés subzone.