Bodegas Terras Gauda makes their O Rosal Rias Biaxas from grapes grown in one of the subregions of Rias Baixas, O Rosal. It's a little piece of land butted up against the Miño River to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Terras Gauda has three wineries and a vegetable cannery under its corporate umbrella. The O Rosal Valley winery is a couple of decades old and now produces about 1.5 million bottles of wine each year. This Albariño blend is their flagship wine.
The Terras Gauda O Rosal Rias Biaxas White Wine is not a varietal wine, which is how Albariño grapes are often vinified. This one is 70% Albariño, 20% Caiño Blanco and 10% Loueira, the latter two grapes being found in the northeastern corner of the Iberian peninsula. Its alcohol content is low at 12.5% abv and it sells for as little as $12 online.
This wine has a lovely golden-green hue and a brisk nose of stone fruit, Meyer lemon and flowers. The palate shows those qualities plus a hefty load of minerals and acidity, enough to make oysters a great idea.
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