Pazo de San Mauro - Rias Baixas
The winery Pazo de San Mauro, located in the DO Rias Baixas, was acquired by the GRUPO VINÍCOLA MARQUES DE VARGAS in 2003. Since then, the new owners have invested heavily in both the restoration of its magnificent buildings and the construction of a new wine cellar, with the most advanced technologies for the finest production of wine. In this winery two white wines from the albariño grape are produced and all grapes are grown on the estate owned vineyards.
DESCRIPTION: A monovarietal wine resulting from a meticulous selection of the best grapes on the property. The vineyards extend on rolling banks of the river Miño, creating a natural amphitheater, bathed in extraordinary sunlight during the midday hours. The vines are planted on trellises so that the fruit, in very restricted production, grow in optimum conditions and reaching their peak quality.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Albarino
FOOD PAIRINGS: Excellent accompaniment to grilled crayfish, crabs and all kinds of seafood, white fish, sushi and soft cheese and rice.
TASTING NOTES: Pronounced varietal personality with a clear, bright lemon colour. Intense fruit and floral aromas on the nose. Dry, fresh and highly aromatic with a good acidity and a nice balance. The mouthful and velvet palate shows mineral notes and a complex structure.
by Fredric Koeppel
We’ll resume the Wine of the Day series — and posting to the blog after a long vacation hiatus — with a model albariño white wine that’s not just fetching and delightful but subtly serious and multi-layered. The Pazo San Mauro Albariño 2014, from Spain’s Rias Baixas region, derives from a 30-hectare estate established in 1988, though grape-growing and winemaking on the site date back to the 16th Century. One hundred percent varietal and made all in stainless steel, the Pazo San Mauro Albariño 2014 is clean, fresh, savory and slightly saline. It offers a pale gold hue and attractive aromas of roasted lemons, spiced pears and lime peel, with flavors that develop along the delicious lines of mango and peach, though not too ripe or florid; this is more about spareness and elegance. A few minutes in the glass bring in elements of bee’s-wax, lanolin and lavender, along with a nuanced touch of woodsy-leafy earthiness. Brisk acidity keeps the wine crisp and lively, a sort of precursor to its essential and bracing sea-breeze/salt-marsh character. 12.5 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2017 with grilled shrimp or mussels, trout sauteed in a cast-iron skillet, paella and fish tacos. Pazo San Mauro is part of Marques de Vargas Family Wines & Estates. Excellent. About $19, representing Real Value.
2015 Vintage | Tech Sheet | Sell Sheet | POS | Label | Bottle Shot
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DESCRIPTION: A special wine resulting from a meticulous selection of the very best grapes on the property. The vineyards extend on rolling banks of the river Miño creating a natural amphitheater, bathed in extraordinary sunlight during the midday hours. The vines are planted on trellises so that the fruit, in low-yield production, grow in optimum conditions and reach their peak quality.
GRAPE VARIETY: Albariño (95%), Loureiro (5%)
FOOD PAIRINGS: Smoked salmon, pasta salad, lobster risotto, or shellfish paella.
TASTING NOTES: A complex nose reflects the intensity of ripe stone fruits, such as peach, apricot and loquat together with subtle floral hues and balsamic notes. The quality of this wine is completed with full, meaty and velvety flavour, great structure and long, lingering finish. Ideal temperature of consumption between 48-52ºF.
2011 Vintage | Tech Sheet | Sell Sheet | POS | Label | Bottle Shot
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Pazo San Mauro is located in Pontevedra