2018 Eladio Pineiro "La Ola" Albarino, Rias Baixas
In the early 1980’s Eladio Piñeiro established his first winery in the Spanish region, Rías Baixas, before its official status as a D.O. appellation was granted. He gained recognition and a reputation for producing great albariño wines. This winery would later become one of the largest and most successful wineries in the region, in large part responsible for the introduction of albariño wines to the United States.
In January 2003, Eladio Piñeiro made the decision to sell the winery, but maintained ownership of his best vineyards throughout Galicia. Motivated by his family, he began a new venture, Adega Familiar Eladio Piñeiro, returning to the vineyard and the albariño vines. This shows the traditional albariño wines with long lees aging, adding more complexity and depth to the wines.
The vineyards are farmed biodynamic and practices are carried out in the winemaking process allowing these wines to showcase their exceptional terroir, roots, and history.
So many albariños today come across as shrill and thin, but this is classic albariño in it's truest form, with a rich fruitiness and intense saltiness that recall the excitement of the wines that put Rías Baixas on the map.