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Zárate ‘El Palomar’ Albariño 2018


Zárate is making some of the greatest and most distinctive wines in Spain, crafted from old vine Albariño.  They are leading the charge in Rias Baixas with organic and biodynamic viticulture in their ancient vineyards.  Located in the Val de Salnés subzone, the estate encompasses a total of 9.6 ha.  It is a cool climate region and very close to the sea, which gives the wines a salty character.  Granitic soils offer a unique minerality and Albariño always has a forward citrus profile consisting of ripe tangerine, orange, and Meyer Lemon.  A touch of tarragon and chervil add a dash of charming herbaceous character to the overall complexity.  Finally, El Palomar is a pre-phyloxera vineyard that was planted in the 1850’s and is one of the oldest surviving vineyards in the world.

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