Raul Perez Albarin 'Rara Avis' Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon 2013

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Raúl Pérez takes nature very seriously, and he certainly imparts that philosophy unto his winemaking, making minimal intervention his utmost priority. He made his first vintage at age 22 in 1994 at his family’s winery, Casto Ventosa, which was established in the Bierzo by his family in 1752. He still does winemaking consulting for his family’s winery, but has also taken on his own various projects, this example coming from his personal label. Bodegas y Viñedos quickly has become the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation and Raúl is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers, even earning himself the nickname “Wine Wizard” (he does indeed have a big, burly, grey beard as well). This albarín comes from León DO, in Castilla y León, and it is not the same grape as albariño. It is a rare variety that is indigenous to the region and also in Asturias and Galicia. It’s characteristics are somewhere in the middle of its cousin albariño and gewürztraminer; think lime, lychee, mint, fig, and orange. This one was made in a low intervention style, comes from vines that are more than 70 years old, and spends 18 months in used French oak foudres, giving it wonderful texture and depth. It shows great balance of fruit, acidity, and power, and the age on it is starting to make it even more interesting. Drink now or save for a few more years! Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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