Lightning in a bottle, mineral verve and tenacious salinity. It is elegant and cutting, dancing across the palate with electric ease showing lemon, lime and green pineapple and a final lashing of saline minerals.
Prawns, seafood tapas and firm meaty white fish.
Varietal / Blend: Albariño
Decant: Not necessary
Farming Practices: Organic
The Alba family owns about 2.5 hectares but also sources from about 10 hectares spread throughout the region. Their winery and land is close to the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Umia River in the heart of Galicia's Rías Baixas. Xurxo wishes they owned more, but like their land, neighboring vineyards have been passed along from generation to generation.
"Working the land is a way of life; it's a hobby. It's what people do with their free time. It's a lifestyle in that money can't buy."
Xurxo farms and makes sure his farmers farm as naturally as possible, as much as the region permits. Being by the sea, the threat of fungal diseases like mildew and oidium is always present. In the cellar, spontaneous fermentation with native yeast is a common denominator between all of the wines. Whether he works the lees or uses oak is on a wine by wine basis, vintage by vintage.