Raúl Pérez "A Cruz das Ánimas" Atalier Albariño 2018
Variety: 100% Albariño.
Appearance: Clear, lightly hinting at greenish-golden.
Nose: Clean and as fresh as the breezes next to the sea on a warm spring day. Mineral, saline, and lemon peel.
Palate: Virtually jumps from the glass with saline influenced yellow & green fruits. Filled with bright, acid-forward qualities we love about refreshing wines from Rías Baixas.
Vinification: Raul Perez is one of the most influential and important winemakers not only in Spain but globally. "A Cruz das Ánimas" translates to “The Crossroads of Souls” which encapsulates the essence of this new project. The grapes come from a pair of Atlantic-adjacent sites in the Cambados area of the Salnés valley. Despite the supercharged acid impression here, the harvest was actually undertaken quite a bit later than the average for the zone. Raúl likes to wait until the malic acid levels in the grapes go down enough to obviate the need for even partial malolactic fermentation. The must then ferments and ages in large, neutral French oak foudres. The oxygenation that occurs during this élevage make the wine way less shrill, and in fact inviting upon washing over your tongue.
Recommended Food Pairing: We tried this wine with a clam pizza from Pasquale Jones in SoHo, drizzled with chili oil and lemon juice and it was outstanding!