2020 Viña Cartin Rías Baixas Albariño
Quintessential is the only word I can use to describe this wine. It comes from the ancestral home of Albariño, located directly on Spain’s Atlantic coast. It’s bright and refreshing… a solid weeknight staple.
Sustainable farming practices and hand-harvested.
Viña Cartín was founded in 1977 in Spain’s Salnés Valley, the oldest of Rias Baixas’ five subregions. In 2003, Viña Cartín moved their operations to a new location—an old winery in the heart of the area—and refurbished its interior with modern technology, yet maintained the estate’s artisanal character.
Contrary to the many regional wineries who purchase fruit, Viña Cartin proudly owns and sustainably farms 50 acres of their own vines. This direct access to the source allows them to control the raw material from start to finish. The estate’s vines average 30 years in age and benefit from the influence of the nearby Atlantic ocean. The resulting wines are bright, balanced, and laden with natural acidity.
A pleasantly refreshing light white wine. Most known from Rias Baixas in Spain, but additionally as Vinho Verde in Portugal. Albariño’s are generally high in acid with refreshing citrus fruit flavors and a notably saline mineral character due to the regions’ proximity to the ocean. Serve these wines well-chilled while eating fish tacos on a hot summer day, you won’t be disappointed.
Part of what can be referred to as “Green” Spain, Galicia is located in the upper north west corner of the country. Wine production here dates back to the time of the Romans. It is one of the coolest areas producing refreshingly crisp Albariño with strong mineral characteristics as well as elegant red wine from the Mencía grape. Galicia boasts five denominated wine regions (DOs) including the infamous Rías Baixas, the closest DO to the Atlantic ocean.