2011 Davide Albariño Rias Baixas
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Orange zest, lemongrass, white flowers and chalk on the intensely perfumed nose, with vibrant minerality adding lift. Juicy, focused and floral-accented citrus and orchard fruit flavors are fleshed out with notes of melon and honey and expand in the glass. Packs a solid punch but carries zero excess fat, finishing with excellent cut and lingering florality.
David Acha is obsessive. He is not just the owner and winemaker for Davide, but the person who selected the funky bottle, the label designer, and person responsible for sourcing the high quality of fruit purchased from various small, organic growers in the Salnes valley. This wine is intentionally bottled on the late side to nourish the wine on its lees and lend complexity. Spicy, mineral inflected fruit aromas almost bring Meursault to mind. These lead to rich, spicy yellow fruit, with a broad mouthfeel and no shortage of acidity. This is drinking very well now, though if you're curious to age it I suspect you will be rewarded by stashing several bottles away for another few years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)