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2009 Lenda Albarino 

Rias Baixas, Spain

$18 Retail

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The tiny region of Rias Baixas, in the province of Galicia in Spain's northwestern corner, produces some of the country's finest white wines from the albarino grape. Positioned on the Atlantic ocean, the region's cooling coastal breezes help moderate the sometimes extreme climate. Grapes for this bottling were sourced from a single vineyard in the mountainous Condado de Tea zone. Made by Bodegas Pazo Pondal, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve the regional character. In the glass, the wine offers aromas of lemon, lime and grapefruit with honeysuckle notes. On the palate, taste crisp apple, stone fruit, a touch of ginger and a steely minerality on the bright finish. Drink it with fish, shellfish, sushi, paella, soft cheeses and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle. Drink it at: Dijon, NOLA and Martinique.

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