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Eladio Pineiro Rias Baixas Albarino Envidia Cochina Tete de Cuvee 2019

Eladio Pineiro Rias Baixas Albarino Envidia Cochina Tete de Cuvee 2019

Organic / Biodynamic

Write up is on the 2018 vintage.
Eric Asimov, of The New York Times, recently tasted 20 bottles of albarino from Rias Baixas and wrote about them in a recent article. The number one reviewed wine was pretty pricey but the number two was one of our favorites, Eladio Pineiro’s Rias Baixas Albarino Envidia Cochina Tete de Cuvee 2017.

“The wines largely came from the 2017 vintage, with a few from 2016 and one each from 2018 and 2015. Some, as expected, were dry, aromatic and pleasant, while others were grasping for something deeper. These wines seemed to be more textured, with great minerality and intensity. They demanded exploration.”

“No. 2 was the 2017 Envidiacochina Tete de Cuvee from Adega Familiar Eladio Pineiro, made from biodynamically grown grapes. It was substantial yet energetic, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors - Three Star Rating.”
Organic / Biodynamic

Eladio Pineiro founded Bodegas Mar de Frades in 1983 after spending many years making Albarino wine, before the Appellation Rias Baixas was granted. In January 2003, due to events that have influenced the life of his family, he decided to sell his winery keeping the vineyards he owned. Later, Eladio decided to take a step forward and do what really excites and motivates him. He started to make wines again and moved away from the usual circuit creating a new category: wines with soul! By showcasing their roots and history, he produced reds from Portuguese Alentejo and whites from Albarino Rias Baixas, while having absolute freedom to create and develop small amounts of real wine, for wine lovers seeking wines with meaning and showing their terroir and history.

The vineyards are located throughout the Salnes Valley. They average thirty years old and have been in transition to biodynamics for more than eight years.

The wine goes through maceration from 8 to 10 hours, and then fermentation with native yeasts. After fermentation, Eladio selected the upper part of the casks with higher fruit ratios (Tete de Cuvee). It was then left aging on fine lees with weekly batonage for six months. Classic citrus notes in the supple mid-weight body that is carried by beautiful acidity. The lees contact adds a layer of depth to the wine.

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