Raul Perez 'Atalier' Rias Baixas DO 'a cruz das animas' 2018

Article number: Raul Perez Rias Baixas Atalier 18
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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). The “Atalier” is a project developed by Raúl and his friend and colleague Rodrigo Méndez (“a cruz das animas” means “the cross of souls”). It is 100% albariño that comes from the Val do Salnés in Rías Baixas. It has notes of unripe apples, grapefruit skin, eucalyptus, and peach. It is fruit forward on the entry, but has a refreshing acidity on the finish to keep the wine balanced and fresh and from being sweet. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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