Grapelive: Wine of the Day December 14, 2016

2015nanclaresdandelion2015 Nanclares y Prieto, Albarino “Dandelion” Rias Baixas, Spain.
The Alberto Nanclares and Silvia Prieto Dandelion Albarino is their village wine from multiple plots of vines around Cambados in the Rias Baixas, it’s beautiful and vigorous briskly dry Albarino that is a great introduction into the house style at Nanclares. This 2015 is wonderfully detailed and vital with lots of saline, stones and mineral character, but with expressive citrus, stone fruit and cool melon making for a vibrant and expressive example of varietal and terroir, it was wild yeast fermented from old school pergola trained vines between 30 and 60 years old, unfined and unfiltered raised on it’s lees for a year, and saw no malolactic fermentation and no oak. The granite and sandy soils and Atlantic sea breezes influence this organic beauty making it ultra traditional and acid driven, but with a gorgeous leesy character and fine craftsmanship shinning through, this small production artisan Albarino has the form and tension of a trocken Riesling, though with a pure Galician flair, this is a wine of the Ocean and pairs perfectly with seafood, white fish, posters, mussels, claims and more. The slightly golden opaque 2015 Dandelion bursts from the glass with bright mixed citrus fruit and flowers, a hint of rose petal, mini orange peel and bitter herbs, white peach, crisp melon, grapefruit, lemon/lime, beach shells, wet stones, chalky savory brine plus doughy brioche all race at you on the nose and palate in this delicately detailed and light bodied wine. This vintage of Dandelion is incredibly impressive and savvy Albarino, especially for the price, without question Nanclares is one of best finds in Rias Baixas, I absolutely love this stuff!
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive