2016 Pazo Señoráns Albariño Rías Baixas, Spain

It seems like this warm weather has arrived in full force and his here to stay. Yesterday evening I took a walk with my girls and enjoyed the dusk breeze. That climate just screamed refreshing white wine. One of my favorite options for a spritely white is Albariño, particularly from the Rías Baixas region of Spain. The region sits on Spain’s far West coast, right on the shores of the Atlantic. In fact, some vineyards in the region are so close to the Atlantic that sea foam actually sprays on the vines.

Pazo de Señoráns is somewhat of an exception to the rule of the history of that region. The majority of the region, located at the terminus of the famed El Camino, has been never been conquered nor occupied so neither religious strife nor feudalism gained a foothold here. The majority of the land has been in the possession of the local inhabitants who have turned the landscape into a network of small farms, cottages and tiny villages.

Conversely, Pazo de Señoráns is a complete manor house with a wide array of outbuildings including a chapel and the largest surviving hórreo (the distinct, elevated barn typical to Galicia) in the appellation. A testament to the turbulence of having a noble title in a land of fiercely independent farmers, the estate preserves an ancient “panic room” which the family could retreat to during tempestuous times. Near the panic room is the original winery on the property consisting a of stone lagar and stone fermentation tank dating to the founding of the estate. Surrounding the Pazo are 18.5 hectares of vines.

*#35 on Wine Spectator’s
2017 Top 100*

Aromas
Ripe Peach, Honeysuckle, Granny Smith Apple, Wet Slate on a Warm Summer Day

Structure
Medium-Bodied (This spends some significant time on the lees), Bright and Precise, Mouthwatering Acidity.

Flavors
Lemon/Lime, Green Apple, White Peach, Crushed Rock, Almonds Sprinkled in Sea Salt

MySomm Price: $22.95
This has long been one of my favorite Albariños and I can’t wait for you to try it. Order today, wine will arrive on Thursday.