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Zarate, D.O. Rías Baixas

They said it couldn't be done, but 40 year old Eulogio Pomares and his wife Rebecca Zarate are the first authentic organic growers in Rías Baixas. More importantly, their wines are delicious. There are three indigenous red varietals, harking back to the pre-phylloxera days of Rías Baixas as a predominantly red wine region! Albariño, it turns out, is largely a 20th century phenomenon.

If one were to line up Zarate's Albariños from left to right they make an essay exploring the limits of winemaking and texture in this local variety. Zarate's estate wine is classical in style, based on the granitic soils of Salnes Valley and embracing the pinging acidity of Albariño. It's first big sister, Balado is an enhanced version – the standard model fermented in stainless gets a brief time on lees for textural richness, and Balado extends this to 12 months. The result is simply a deeper-set, profound expression of the classic model, and is entirely consistent with the Estate wine. The other two single vineyards, however, constitute somewhat of a departure. Tras da Vinya is another stainless steel wine, but aged over 2 years on lees, while el Palomar is barrel fermented with malolactic.

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