Monday, April 8, 2013

WOW: Spanish Flair!

WOW: Wine of the Week

Spanish Flair:  Raimat Albariño 2012

Raimat Albariño 2012
FINALLY!  Warmer weather is not just wishful is here!  Now is the time to start grilling, enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables and dining al fresco!  Raimat Albarino is a fresh fit for all that spring and summer have to offer.  This crisp, pear-driven Albarino can easily be enjoyed with your favorite Asian flair or just as an aperitif on a sunny afternoon! 

Winery Notes

The Raimat estate was founded in 1914 by Manuel Raventós with his purchase of a large desert tract 100 miles north of Barcelona. The anticipated construction of a canal from the Pyrenees would allow water to reach this arid zone, and over decades Raventós transformed the estate into one of Spain’s most remarkable wine properties. Innovation was a cornerstone of his philosophy, and in1975, Raimat introduced some of Spain’s first single-varietal wines. In 1988, the tiny Costers del Segre zone was made a DO, spearheaded primarily by Raimat. The estate vineyards extend over 5,000 acres, planted with both native and international varieties and are cultivated sustainably to maintain optimum vine health.

Raimat Albariño 2012 Tasting Notes

Raimat produces wines that are an amalgam of classic Spanish style and contemporary expressiveness realized through constant innovation and a non-interventionist spirit. The wines show delineated varietal character with a clear, articulated terroir stamp, with the lightest influence possible imposed in the cellar. The white wines are fresh and crisp, fermented at cool temperatures to preserve fruit aromas and flavors, and finished without oak contact. This wine, pale yellow in color with greenish hues, is 100% Albarino. Intense aromas of citrus, peach, dried flowers, and spice carry onto the palate, which is vividly fruity and fresh and underscored by bright, balanced acidity.

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