Technically, I shouldn’t be including this wine in my series because it’s a blend, in this case of 70% Albariño, 20% Caiño and 10% Loureiro. Stainless steel fermented with vineyard yeasts carrying out the fermentation, this is a slightly richer style (O Rosal is a warmer subregion in Rias Baixas running along the border with Portugal), but it still has a beautiful crispness. This is a really stylish wine, and it’s remarkable to see this quality in a 1.5 million bottle production run.
Terras Gauda O Rosal 2017 Rías Baixas, Spain
12.5% alcohol. Tight and crisp, but also with some generosity and tropical fruit notes in the background. There’s lovely grapefruit and lemon citrus character with zippy acidity. Really bright and with nice intensity and a hint of pithiness. Youthful and taut with a beautifully expressive personality. This has lots of layers to it. 93/100
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