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Adega Eidos

Contraaparede 2017

Price: $45.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Adega Eidos
Vintage Year: 2017
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 (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) - "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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