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Adega Eidos

Contraaparede 2012

Price: $42.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Adega Eidos
Vintage Year: 2012
Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Appellation: D.O. Rías Baixas


Albariño from two ungrafted heirloom parcels overlooking Sanxenxo harbor. Cold macerated must is fermented and aged with the fine lees in stainless steel for over three years prior to bottling. The dense structure of the wine retains full fruit intensity and minerality, in a layered and developed multi-faceted style.

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Contraaparede (2014) - "The deep golden color and nutty accents show advanced age, but this white has developed well, featuring a core of pear and beeswax flavors, framed by floral, spice and vanilla notes. Firm acidity keeps this focused. Harmonious."

90 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jun 1, 2019

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Contraaparede (2012) - "Sold five years after the harvest, the 2012 Contra a Parede is a selection of Adega Eidos' oldest vines from the Salnés Valley, matured for four years in vats in contact with the fine lees. Given its age it shows very well, with a complex nose with aromas of quince and yeasts and more nuances developing as the wine sits in the glass. The palate reveals a serious wine with some restraint, good balance and integrated acidity. This has developed very nicely, offering complexity, elegance and power."

92 Points
Luis Gutiérrez , Wine Advocate, Aug 31, 2017

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Contraaparede (2010) - "The top cuvée is really impressive, and they are releasing the 2010 vintage now. The wine is called Contra a Parede, literally 'against the wall', a selection of their oldest vines from the Salnés Valley matured for 48 months in vat in contact with the lees. The nose shows ripe yellow fruit and mineral notes, quite fresh for its age. The palate is medium-bodied, supple and tasty with a dry and long finish. It's ready, but with good balance to keep it for a few years. 4,000 bottles. Adega dos Eidos is a family winery that started producing their Rías Baixas wines in 2001. They work in the Sanxenxo zone, very close to the sea, five hectares that allow them to produce around 45,000 bottles per year. Albariños full of character."

92 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Jan 1, 2015

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Contraaparede (2009) - "Green-tinged yellow. Poached pear, lemon curd and honey on the deeply perfumed nose. Silky and expansive in the mouth, offering ripe orchard fruit flavors and suggestions of bitter lemon pith and sweet butter. This wine was aged on it lees for three years and it shows in its chewy texture and heft. Closes spicy and very long, with a suave floral quality. "

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Contraaparede (2008) - "The silky texture carries rich, complex flavors of dried pear, honeycomb, clove, toasted almond and lemon curd in this alluring white. Mature yet lively, sweet yet fresh, exuding focus and distinctiveness. Drink now. 500 cases made."

92 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Jul 1, 2013

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Contraaparede (2008) - "The 2008 Contraaparede constitutes the first vineyard selection of the best fruit and sees a minimum of 44 months in tank. It has a powerful bouquet of hazelnut, nectarine, orange blossom and lanolin that soars from the glass. The palate is well-balanced and blessed with a crisp, very poised entry. There is an undercurrent of tropical fruit (passion fruit and papaya), but there is a more interesting carapace of walnuts and smoke. It is beautifully balanced, a cerebrally captivating Albariño that is worth seeking out. Drink now-2020."

92 Points
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2013

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Contraaparede (2008) - "Light, bright yellow-gold.  Heady, mineral-accented aromas of candied lemon, orange and nectarine, with intense mineral and honeysuckle accents and a hint of ginger.  Deep, sappy, penetrating orchard fruit and citrus pith flavors pick up spiciness with air.  Finishes dry and stony, with excellent clarity, cut and persistent mineral notes.  Impressively pure and balanced, with the depth to age."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Contraaparede (2005) - "Vivid yellow-gold. Deep, powerful aromas of pear, melon, green almond and subtle leesiness. Rich but energetic, offering zesty lemon rind and pear skin flavors complicated by notes of dried herbs and flowers. Very complex albarino with strong finishing thrust and lingering citrus and herb character. This is the current release for this wine, which ages on its lees in stainless steel tanks for three years."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Overview: Founded in 2000, a modern green facility completed in 2003. Located in Padriñán parish overlooking Sanxenxo harbor on the southern edge of the Val do Salnés subdistrict at the westernmost, maritime extreme of Rías Baixas. Twenty acres of old and often ungrafted Albariño vines among 100 separate parcels located amongst the gardens of Sanxenxo enjoy a southerly exposure protected from the north winds. "Eidos" are the backyard garden arbors constituting the traditional Albariño vineyard. Selected grapes from vines over 50 years are de-stemmed, crushed and macerated under temperature control for maximum aromatic extraction. Natural yeasts are encouraged for a prolonged fermentation, the wine bottled beginning in April following the vintage after extended contact with the fine lees. Richly textured and exotically intense Albariños are the result, the salty sea breeze and granitic soils evident in a mouthwateringly mineral finish.

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History: Founded in 2000 by local growers, Adega Eidos produces Albariño from grapes grown exclusively in and among the gardens of Sanxenxo in the parish of Padriñán, at the southern extreme of Rías Baixas' Val do Salnés subdistrict. Padriñán comprises a singular south-facing slope overlooking the sea, its ideal exposure enhanced by reflection from the water and a wind-sheltering stand of eucalyptus at the top of the slope. The "Eidos" (garden arbors) in Sanxenxo are traditionally trained, more often than not ungrafted and over 50 years of age. 100 such parcels totaling 20 acres are owned or controlled by Adega Eidos. Since 2003, winemaking has taken place in a winemaking facility of efficient and modern design overlooking Sanxenxo harbor. Selected bunches are brought the short distance in small crates, then subjected to further sorting before de-stemming, crushing and cold maceration. Natural yeasts are encouraged under temperature control to achieve long fermentations and natural clarification, the wines left on their fine lees until bottling. The primary wine, Eidos de Padriñán, offers ripe and extracted Albariño fruit with clear salty/mineral notes from the sea breeze and granitic soil. An isolated fermentation facility within the winery is used for micro-vinification of the oldest ungrafted parcels, subsequently aged three years on its lees to become ContraAParede - a paragon of the category. Total annual production averages between 3000 and 4000 cases.

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