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Adega Familiar Eladio Pineiro Frore de Carme Albariño 2013

$40
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  • Tasting Notes
  • Winery
  • Abandon everything you think you know about Albariño when you taste this wine, which was on the lees for fourteen months with monthly batonnage, then given extended bottle age before release. Think instead of recent releases of aged Muscadet, but then add a layer of fruit and density you will never get in that region, and the cognate becomes somewhere between Muscadet and Riesling, a land of milk and honey that you want to visit again and again.

    • Vintage: 2013
    • Appellation: D.O. Rias Baixas
    • Grapes: 100% Albarino
    • Aging period:  14 Months on the lees
    • Oak: N/A
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  •  The irrepressible Eladio can reach an audience no matter what their level of Spanish. One of the founders of large scale Albariño production in Spain with Mar de Frades in 1983, he left it all behind when his wife fell ill in 2003, selling the winery and keeping  only a few prized vineyards. Now he dedicates himself to making artisanal hand-crafted Albariño (also hand-bottled and hand labeled....you get the drift) in the prime vineyard area of the Salnés Valley. Additionally, and most unusually, they make red wine in Portugal’s Alentejo, where they have a second home. His (fully recovered) wife Carmen designs the whimsical labels, he commissioned the unique and patented bottle shapes, everything is bio-dynamic except a few parcels in transition, and the wines are as original as they sound. Don't miss them, and don't wait - total production is about 5,000 cases.