In my opinion, the Sub-region of O Rosal in the denomination of Origin of Rias Baixas (Galicia, Spain) produces some of the most terroir-driven wines of the DO. The influence of the Atlantic ocean, alongside the direct microclimate of the Miño River, allows for a combination of very unique climatic conditions that stamp the Albarino Grapes with singularity rarely found in the other Sub-regions of the DO.
Below, two of my personal picks:
Santiago Ruiz O Rosal 2018 One of the oldest and most historic wineries in the region. This particular bottling also blends Loureiro and Treixadura along Albariño. Traditionally, the wines of Rias Baixas were composed of field blends of the varietals mentioned above. Aromas of green apples, pear, and white peaches. Layered with lemon peel and bright sea-breeze minerality. Vibrant mouth-feel, with continuous length and grip. Refreshingly dry and satisfying.
Food Pairing: Grilled scallops with heirloom tomatoes lightly dressed in Extra Virgin Spanish Olive oil and sea salt.
Altos De Torona Rosal 2017 Altos de Toronas' vineyards are located so close to the Mino River that while standing in the vineyards, you can actually hear the sounds of the river. Blend of Albariño, Loureiro, and Caino. The 4-month leese-aging along with the blending of the other varietals add character and depth to this wine. Aromas of tropical fruit: Mango, pineapple skin and passionfruit. Racy acidity with nuances of grapefruit and white cherries.
Food Pairing: Lobster Ceviche with a chiffonade of fresh mint and lemon peel.
- Oscar Garcia, Wine Buyer/Chef, 67Wine