Rodrigo Mendez Cies Albarino

  • Named after an island in Rias Baixas, Cies is an Albarino wine produced within the Salnes subzone, the most northwestern section of this Atlantic region. Winemaker Rodrigo Mendez's goal with Cies is to show Albarino in a different light. Cies is fermented with its own indigenous yeast and aged in old wood vessels without controlling the temperature. Until the 1980s when stainless steel technology was implemented by all wineries, this is the way Albarino wines were made. Unfortunately, wines in this region are not made like this anymore. Rodrigo has brought back this traditional style of winemaking to produce uniquely special wines Albarino wines, such as Cies.