Zarate, Albarino, Val do Salnes, Spain, 2019
It’s fair to say that Zarate’s wines have little in common with much of what passes for Albarino these days. Where some commercial styles of Albarino can seem overly ripe and tropical, the wines from Zarate are just the opposite – precise, mineral, and taut, drawing on the salty character of the Atlantic coast to give the wines a remarkable freshness. 2019 was a great vintage with structure and acidity and the “entry-level” Zarate is crisp, characterful and rewarding with a long, tasty finish, vibrant and almost salty
Pairs well with white meat, seafood and shellfish.