Adegas Gran Vinum’s ‘Mar de Viñas’ 2019 Albariño from the Val de Salnés subregion of Rias Baixas, Spain. Val do Salnés is the largest and most important subregion of Rias Baixas. Situated right on the Atlantic, it is also the coolest. This cold, maritime influence keeps alcohol and fruit ripeness in check while preserving all-important acidity. It’s cool to see the subzones represented, hopefully
Classic albarino markers of barely ripened peach sprinkled with sea salt, lemongrass powder, and a pinch of white flowers. Typically a light bodied wine, the best albarinos can still pack a punch. The lengthy finish is all about freshness and extract.
Rating - Imported by the always reliable, Wines of Spain, this Albariño checks all the boxes and then some. Should only be purchased in multiples of three or more- JW