This Vionta white wine is all Albariño from the Rias Baixas area of Galicia in northwest Spain. It’s imported by the Ferrer family under the Freixenet banner. I was kindly provided a sample of this wine for the purpose of review.
The 2014 vintage was a little light, yielding small bunches of grapes in late September that were highly concentrated as a result, according to the winery. They say the vines are mostly over 15 years old. More than two-thirds of the harvest was vinified "on the lees," or in contact with the spent yeast cells, lending roundness and weight to the mouthfeel. The alcohol clocks in at 12.7% abv and the wine retails for $15.
The wine has a beautiful golden tint and smells of green apples and lemon/lime with just a hint of flowers. On the palate, the apple notes are crisp and laced with citrus. There is a salinity that runs through it right into the finish and a bracing acidity that really makes it a refreshing sip. Pair it with fish, hummus or crackers and blue cheese. The salinity also hits well alongside sweet cheeses.