Pazos de Lusco Albariño Rias Baixas 2021

Pale gold color; citrus, lemon zest, nectarine, herbaceous notes on the nose; green apple, peach, pear, saline on the palate.

Pazos de Lusco Albariño Rias Baixas 2021

Dry; full, round in the mouth; excellent acidity (3.36 pH). Herbaceous elements with tasty ripe fruit. No oak. Fermented in stainless steel, then contact with the lees for six months to add depth, fullness, and complexity. Classic hint of saltiness on the finish from Rias Baixas proximity to the Atlantic, although Pazos de Lusco is considered an inland vineyard; 13% ABV

Pazos de Lusco is located in the southern part of Condado de Tea, less than 25 miles from the sea and a mile from the Portuguese border. A 16th century country home, Pazo Piñeiro is the heart of the 12.35-acre estate. “Lusco” means “sunset” in the local Galician dialect, and this wine has the color of early sunset, along with a mellow-in-the-mouth deliciousness. You could easily enjoy this wine watching a gorgeous sunset, especially if flowed into a seafood dinner. Albariño is a classic wine to pair with fish dishes.

Pazos de Lusco calls itself an adega, an old Galician and Portuguese term for cellar, winery, shed or outbuilding. It is a doublet of “bodega” and “botica”, so—in rough terms—it means boutique winery. Grapes are grown on traditional pergola system: the vines grow horizontally above the vineyard workers, not vertically next to them.

Adega Pazos de Lusco

Rías Baixas is one of the leading white wine producing regions in Spain and the only Spanish DO for white wine; albariño accounts for some 90% of the vines in Galacia. Rias Baixas is known for whites in similar way Rioja is famed for Spanish reds. The region is known for its granite soils and high winds. The stoney soil, wind, and cool temperatures help deliver wines with fresh acidity and minerality. This effort showcases those characteristics.

Entrance to Adega Pazos de Lusco

Albariño is a small, thick-skinned grape that resists fungal disease, important because of the heavy rainfall in Rías Baixas. The grape is low yielding and expensive to cultivate because of the pergola (parra) system for training vines. The Rias Baixas region hugs the border with northern Portugal. Across the border, the grape and wine is called “alvarinho”. The grape also is the principal grape used in vinho verde wines. Spanish and Portuguese efforts are superb alternatives to sauvignon blanc, pairing with the same foods and offering similar profiles while still being different.

Adega Pazos de Lusco pergola system

Pazos de Lusco Albariño Rias Baixas 2021 is rich and medium-full body. Nice complexity and intriguing evolution of flavors both in the glass and in the mouth. Nice tartness and salinity throughout, a winning characteristic of albariño, especially paired with fish.

Pair with fish, shellfish; scallps; lobster; grilled calamari; pasta; vegetarian fare; appetizers and snacks; charcuterie board. Spanish seafood aella (see video link below); light meats including pork tenderloin. Cheese— feta, brie, camembert, gruyere aged manchego and similar cheeses. $29

Rias Baixas website; Pazos de Lusco page

Nice video on how to make Spanish seafood paella