Coral do Mar is a small boutique winery in the Northwest corner of Spain in a region called Rias Baixes. It is home to one of the most exciting and unusual grapes in the world. Albarino is the signature grape variety of the region, just like how Cabernet Sauvignon is the signature variety from Napa Valley.
Spain produces mostly red wine and has many famous red wine regions. However, it is in this cool maritime region of R?as Baixas that white grapes excel producing the finest white wines of Spain. Even if you are a dedicated red wine drinker, these wines will convert you with their distinctive structure, rich aromatics, fruit intensity and long, dry, crisp finish.
While the different sub-zones of Rias Baixes express subtle differences, the wines all share a number of characteristics. They are typically pale golden lemon colored, elegant and fresh. Bone-dry and aromatic, these wines are packed with flavors of white peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, mango and honeysuckle. The wine has good natural acidity, mineral overtones and are medium-bodied with moderate alcohol.
A few of the sub-districts in Rias Baixas are more prone to blending Albarino with some other indigenous grapes which can make the wines more aromatic or fuller-bodied. Both single variety Albarino and blended wines excel in this area. Aromatic and light, one whiff of these whites may bring thoughts of a Sauvignon Blanc but after one sip the creamy texture says otherwise. Typical aromas and flavors are peach, honeysuckle, lime and vanilla.
White wine made entirely from the Albari?o grape variety from their vineyards in the designation of origin Rias Baixas is an incredible delight. The vineyard is lined in trellises, which allow for clusters that are perfectly airy and sunny. The granitic terrain helps avoid many of the pesticides and provides naturally low acidity. This also helps bring forth the delicate aroma and fresh taste characteristic of this varietal.
This selection offers an explosion of ripe tropical fruit with myriad flavors of lychee, guava and honeysuckle. It is no less than inspirational and deserves an appropriate food like crab in black bean or lobster sauce.