Albamar Albino Tinto


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Vintage: 2018
Region: Rias Baixas, Spain
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Caiño Tinto

Albamar Albino Tinto is a special and rare “Blanc de Noirs” style made of 100% Caiño Tinto from ridiculously old vines. Fun stuff.

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About Albamar Albino Tinto

Albamar Albino Tinto is a special and rare “Blanc de Noirs” style made of 100% Caiño Tinto from ridiculously old vines. Since most of the vines planted to red grapes such as Caiñoin Rias Baixas have been ripped up, the ones left are often times well over 100-200 years old. In fact, even Xurxo’s grandmother could not recall their age! The grapes are organically grown over clay, granite, and quartz soils and harvested by hand. The direct pressing of the grapes keeps the color light. Spontaneous fermentation starts with indigenous yeasts and is followed by aging in neutral old French oak for 11 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with minimal S02 at bottling. Only 500L of this wine was made, making it incredibly special and rare. This 2018 vintage is a little
light pink/Rosé in color compared to other vintages of this wine that were more white.

About Bodegas Albamar

If Sally sells seashells by the seashore, Xurxo Alba of Albamar makes albariño al alba del mar (next to the sea). If it were up to me, I’d stop right here. There’s really not much more to say. It’s what he was born to do. It’s what he knows best. He is the personification of Albariño.

His cellar is in Cambados, next door to his parent’s restaurant and tienda de ultramarinos, a small shop selling local artisanal foodstuffs. His family has been farming and making albariño in the O Salnés sub-region of Rías Baixas for generations but it wasn’t until Xurxo finished his oenological studies that they started bottling and commercializing their own wines in 2006. They own about 2.5 hectares but also source from about a total of 10 spread throughout this region dominated by smallholdings. Xurxo wishes they owned more but like theirs, neighboring vineyards have been passed along from generation to generation, and working them is a way of life. It’s a hobby. It’s what people do in their free time. It’s a lifestyle that money can’t buy.

Planted by his family in 1984, this small plot of land is composed of sand and clay and is the source for his Alma de Mar (spirit of the sea). In 2005, he finished planting a part of this vineyard that had been left unplanted because of its predominant clay soil which can be quite difficult to work in such a rainy region. Despite the lack of drainage and his family’s reluctance, Xurxo was convinced it would make wines of superior quality. Yeah, the vines don’t yield as much, but the concentration in the grapes gives the wine much more structure and a fatter mouthfeel.

He farms and makes sure his farmers farm as naturally as possible, as much as the region permits. In the cellar, spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts is a common denominator in all of his wines. Whether he works the lees or uses oak is on a wine by wine basis, vintage by vintage.

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