Bodegas Gallegas Sentidino Rias Baixas Albarino 2022
Region: Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
This wine is youthful and vibrantly aromatic, combining tangerine, jasmine and grassy aromas on the nose. The palate displays zesty acidity with juicy grapefruit and white peach notes, leading to a refreshing finish. ‘Sentidiño’ is a Galician word meaning common sense. It is used by local fisherman who have the common sense not to take the wild Atlantic waters for granted.
Fruit for ‘Sentidiño’ is sourced from three subzones. The different subzones, with an altitude range of 20-200 metres above sea level, produce wines of subtle diversity and balance, enabling Carlos to make a stylistically consistent blend. Val do Salnés, situated directly on the coast, produces the most aromatic Albariños due to cooler night temperatures and Atlantic breezes. Further inland, sites in Condado do Tea experience higher ripening temperatures, around 30-34°C, and produce lower aromatic profiles, but fuller-bodied wines. In Ribeira do Ulla, the coolest and driest subzone, the wines display greater structure and acidity.
Bodegas Gallegas, situated in the Salnés Valley, is owned and run by brother and sister Manuel and Myriam Vazquez. The Galician winemaker, Carlos Blanco, has worked in the area for twenty-five years and understands the idiosyncratic and patchwork nature of the region’s vineyards.