By: Heather Vander Wall
K&L Staff Member
Valtea is one of my absolute favorite new producers from Rias Baixas. Typically I am attracted to tangy, briny Albarino from the coastal regions, but this winery hails from a sub zone a little further inland. This makes for a slightly more robust style of Albarino. In the "Finca Garabato" bottling, the wine rests on its lees for an entire year, resulting in a wine with plenty of depth and texture. The flavors also are more autolytic and savory, as opposed to the more fruit-forward younger wine they produce. But don't be deceived: although this is a richer wine, there is still great freshness and acidity with classic Albarino flare.