Granite filled soils on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Rias Baixas DO, Galicia, Spain, give pergola grown Albarino fruit incredible minerality and briny characteristics, harmoniously melding with lemongrass, wisteria, and citrus.
A member of the prestigious Grandes Pagos de Espana, Bodegas Fillaboa is owned by the historic and celebrated Masaveu family, who has been making wine in Spain since the 1300s. Finca Monte Alto is the winery’s finest selection, produced from the sunny, high elevation estate Monte Alto plot, planted in 1988 on a bend in the Miño River before the river joins the Atlantic Ocean.
Produced in very limited quantities, Fillaboa Finca Monte Alto Albarino ($30) opens with ripe melon, apple, and white pineapple. Rich and full, thanks to extended aging of 12 months on the lees (the yeasts), giving the fruity, mineral intense wine a yeasty, vanilla, and brioche note, with a lengthy, layered finish.
I think European wines are excellent and superior. Spain puts out some really good products and has for so many years.
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