2013 Zarate Albarino Rias Baixas

"The best example of our vineyards, sourced from 11 different vineyards with an average age of 35 years. This is a young fresh wine with an aging capability of at least 5 years.Zarate is a family-owned estate located in the Village of Meano, found in the heart of the Salnez Valley, which is a part of the Spanish Rias-Baixas Denominacion de Origen. The property is centered on a manor (or pazo) originally built in the sixteenth century which was completely restored two hundred years later. The winery was founded in 1707 by Diego Zarate y Murga, the first Marques of Montesacro, by royal decree of King Felipe v. The Zarate Family has been tending to the winery and the vineyards for the past seven generations. Zarate is in fact the de facto pioneer for Albariño as we know it today, having started production in the early fifties. Owner Ernesto Zarate founded the “Fiesta del Albariño” in the town of Cambados, obtaining first place consecutively in 1954, 1955, and 1956. He retired after his third award and has not presented his wines since. Since harvesting the 2000 vintage, current owner Eulogio Pomares has been equally as dedicated to the Albariño variety and the estate’s century-old vineyards. His sole aim is to naturally farm and care for the old vines. Each parcel is vinified separately; thus displaying the individual terroir in each of the wines." -Importer [+]