2010 Bodegas Nora Nora Da Neve Albarino

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
White Wine
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"The 2010 Nora (100% Albarino) saw 10% of the wine fermented and aged sur lie in French oak. It displays a similar aromatic and flavor profile as the Peitan but with a creamier texture, and greater depth, concentration, and length. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 3 years." (WA)

Winery Notes
The winery which is owned by Javier Alen, the well-respected Galician producer of Viña Mein (the best Ribeiro producer), and Victor Rodriguez, the former director of Vino y Gastronomia (one of the most respected wine and food magazines in Spain), is located about 12 miles from the historic village of Tui (in Galician), Tuy in Castilian. This village marks the borders of the sub regions O Rosal and Condado de Tea. As well as the site of one of the oldest Jewish settlements in Spain.

The philosophy of the winery is to allow the Albariño grape to achieve maximum expression of its maturity. Although Albariño is an Atlantic varietal, it loves the sun. The grape only reaches its maximum potential when it is harvested fully ripe. This is achieved in this part of the appellation by careful vineyard and vine management, leaf control, and very detailed selection of grapes. It is a great gamble to keep the grapes on the vine as long as possible to maximize maturity because of the constant threat of the inevitable autumn rains.

The grapes for this wine come from 48 acres of 15-year-old vineyards which yield 2.5-2.9 t/acre, that surround the winery in the town of As Neves, which is in the sub region of Condado Del Tea on the banks of the Miño River, surrounded by pine and eucalyptus forests. You can actually see Portugal from the vineyards. The particular location for these vineyards is unique because this area of Rias Baixas receives more sun light and the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic provides a moderating influence despite the fact that the vineyards are on the same latitude as Massachusetts in the United States and the Miño River provides early morning fog to cool the warm summer days. And lastly, the mountains to the north provide excellent protection from the stronger weather elements.

There are 5 sub regions in Rias Baixas. The three most important being: Val Do Salnes in the north and O Rosal and Condado Do Tea in the south.

Alistair Gardner, an enologist (winemaker) from New Zealand creates Peitan and Nora from the native Albariño grape using the most modern wine making technology to coax the greatest expression of the varietal and terroir upon which it is grown into the wines.

This is the third release of this stainless-steel fermented wine.

Production: 5,000 cases