David Sampedro’s project in Galicia.
Vineyard: Vines planted in Val do Salnés, in the heart of the Rías Baixas appellation. The Atlantic Ocean views enjoyed from the vineyard give this wine its name (xanela means window in Galician).
The vines are approximately five kilometers away from the sea, on a hilltop, overseeing the Ría de Arousa, They get a clear marine influence in combination with sandy, granite soils.
Appellation: D.O. Rías Baixas
Varieties: 100% Albariño
Harvest and Production: Cold-fermented from whole clusters pressed after being cooled down. Indigenous yeast and minimal sulphur. It was kept on lees for approximately 12 months, racked, then transferred to stainless steel tanks for another year. 5,000 bottles produced.
(Vintage 2012) The second wine from David Sanpedro in Rías Baixas is also an Albariño sourced form the same vineyard. In this case the 2012 Costa do Santa Mariña finished fermenting in oak barrels with the same indigenous yeasts used for Viura in Rioja. The wine aged in contact with the lees for 14 months, then was racked and put back in the barrels until it was bottled in September 2014. The barrels are old – six or seven years – and provide some spicy notes intermixed with yellow fruit aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, sinuous and nice with a mineral, granite and almost salty finish. The vines are some four or five kilometers away from the sea in a top hill, overseeing the Ría de Arousa, They get a clear marine influence that in combination with the sandy, granite soils provide a very tasty, umami-driven palate. 3,000 bottles were filled.
This is another project from David Sanpedro Gil form La Rioja to produce wines in Galicia, Albariños from Rías Baixas from the Salnés Valley. He uses the fruit from a selected plot within a large vineyard (16 hectares) in Salnés. Aromatic wines with a saline accent. Drink 2015 -2018
91 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #216 (Jan. 2015)