Zarate Albarino 2016
Punchy nose of lemon drop and green-grassy herbs with a fennel pollen zap! The skinsy component adds a nice fat lemon jube texture without any cloy or caramel. Delicate overall, totally satisfying.
Produced from vines averaging 35 years old, Zarate's estate wine is based on minerality and acidity, the combination of Salnes valley Granite and Albariño's coastal zip producing a fresh, elegant, balanced wine. Fruit is hand picked, sorted by the bunch in the vineyard, and then berry plucked in the bodega. Fruit is gently pressed, giving a low-yield must which is settled and undergoes natural fermentation, spending 3 months on lees before filtration and bottling.
World Wine – This is a remarkable wine. Texture, purity, aroma, line and length … it's punchy (lemon drops and all that), but soft with lovely golden release (green-grassy herbs, fennel, electric pollen, lemon jube): the wine is open-fermented and spends a couple of days on skins for textural evolution to avoid strictness, and gains a lovely sense of roll without losing any of the line and zap you want.
In a mixed or straight case: $40.84