Bodega Valdamor produces exclusively from the Albarino grape that has grown on 20 to 50 year old vines from the Salnes area in Galicia. As a result of their desire to pick only the best grapes, they have chosen to not only harvest each plot of grapes by hand, but also vinify each one separately. Although this might sound like a painstaking process when you consider the hilly landscape, it actually isn’t because the vines are typically trained on pergolas (horizontal wires attached to poles allowing the vines to grow up onto them off the floor) to avoid rot that can easily occur in wet and hot environments such as this.
The Condes de Albarei winery is internationally recognized for elaborating their wines with an aromatic, long-standing Albarino grape native to the Salnes Valley in Galicia. Formed by more than 400 partners who own over 170 hectares of vineyards, the winery produces an average of 1.5 million bottles of wine annually.
What you are looking at here is not your average little winery tucked inside the rolling green hills of Galicia. Martin Codex owns the largest vineyards in the entire DO Rias Baixas wine region, approximately 215 Hectares in total. With the help of the mid Atlantic climate bringing a wet humid climate and Rais Baixes unique soil type, the Albarino grape has thrived, potentially helping Martin Codex become the giant it has.
Recently, The Spanish Wine Federation (FEV) published a report on the sales and value of exported Spanish wine during the first four months of 2006. In short, the sales and value of DO wine rose 9% and 10% respectively as compared to the same period of time the year before. […]
1998 Bodegas Olivares Jumilla Dulce Monastrell – Spain, Murcia, Jumilla (6/30/2006)Dark purple almost black in color. Incredibly complex wine that reminded me of a port. It is a sensuous wine to me that needs to be appreciated with either a pungent blue cheese or chocolate, but is too sweet and […]
2003 Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León Rívola – Spain, Castilla y León, Sardon de Duero, Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León (6/20/2006)60% Tempranillo and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 months in barrelDark ruby color that has a beautiful consistency reminding me of both a texture and […]
N.V. Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva – Spain, Aragón, Cava (5/20/2006)Light greenish yellow tinge with small vibrant bubbles. Austere nose with a grassy metallic aroma which could be interpreted as minerally. Light honey flavor with strong overtones of slate and white flowers. I personally don’t find this wine […]
N.V. Albet i Noya Cava Barrica 21 Brut Reserva – Spain, Catalunya, Cava (6/30/2006)78% Chardonnay and 22% Parellada – Organic Wine Light yellow/green hay color. Strong yeast and caramel aroma on the nose with a nuttiness that creeps up near the end. The palate is extremely tart to me with […]
2005 Adega Alan Valdeorras Alan de Val – Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras (6/30/2006)Translucent white golden color, almost shimmering the way armor does in bright light. The bouquet is just that – a bouquet of orchids or white flowers that shows a touch of melon and hay. Texture is incredibly smooth and […]
2004 Altavins Terra Alta Ilercavonia – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Terra Alta (6/30/2006)Brass color with a slight twinkle to it. The nose has a strong cantaloupe aroma to it with hints of mushroom, dark raspberries and fresh cut grass. Incredibly sensuous and silky in the mouth with medium acidity and a […]