Atalier Albarino 2021 - 750ml

Atalier Albarino 2021 - 750ml

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94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

There is a flinty and gunpowder note in the 2021 Atalier A Cruz das Ánimas, which was sourced from a vineyard in Dena and matured in a 5,000-liter oak foudre for seven months. It has good ripeness, 13% alcohol and a lively palate with pungent flavors, great purity and balance, with elegance and the textbook salty twist in the finish.

Winemaker Notes

A Cruz das Ánimas’ (trans. “The Crossroads of Souls”) is nothing short of explosive. It leaps out of the glass with aromas of oyster shell and etherized granite and follows through with a palate rich in marine-inflected yellow and green fruits and sporting a powerful surge of acidity.

The grapes come from a pair of Atlantic-adjacent sites in the Cambados area of the Salnés valley. Despite the supercharged acid impression here, the harvest was actually undertaken quite a bit later than the average for the zone. The reason for this is that Raúl likes to wait until the malic acid levels in the grapes go down enough to obviate the need for even partial malolactic fermentation (a practice far more prevalent in the Ríaz Baixas than back labels and tech sheets would suggest). The resulting must then ferments and ages in large, neutral French oak foudres. The oxygenation that occurs during this élevage gives the wine a softer, rounder entry that balances the razor-sharp acids that might otherwise render the wine shrill.

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