2011 Alberto Nanclares "Crisopa" Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1162563

Crisopa is a selection of some of his oldest vine fruit from Meaño, some vines exceeding 100 years old. Harvested a bit early to preserve all that acidity which Alberto so loves, the grapes enjoy an extended 15-day maceration on the skins, and fermentation in a 2,000-liter oak vat. The wine is oozing with intense confit of stone fruit aromas, and simply must be tasted. An original. Based in O Castrelo, a village just a few kilometers away from the town of Cambados, Alberto Nanclares excels in carefully grown, non manipulated, acid driven Albariño wines amongst the purest we have yet to taste. A serious vigneron, he owns or rents out various parcels, barely adding up to 6 or so acres. Everything is worked by hand by Alberto, and the winery has a "produccion integrada" certification, which though it's not technically an organic certification, we can assure you that the approach and use of local and organic products for vine and soil health is way above and beyond minimum organic standards in most parts of the world. In the cellar, Alberto allows the wine to express itself through separate fermentations of distinct vineyard parcels, native yeast fermentation, natural stabilization and otherwise nothing else added. His pH's are extremely low, and acidity levels extremely high; therefore these are not wines for the faint of heart (or those lacking antacids!) but they are clearly amongst the most exciting wines in the region right now. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5