Last Friday I had a chance to taste the just arriving, new 2017 Desconcierto Albariño from the “garage winery” of Cambados Urban Winery in the small coastal village of Cambados in the Rias Baixas of Galicia in northwest Spain. Additionally, the owner-winemaker Antonio Galinanes Fernandez emailed me photographs from the latest harvest and I have attached a few of them below for your enjoyment. You’ll remember, the 2016 vintage of this wine was one of our most important discoveries from our trip to Spain and Portugal in the summer of 2017. The Desconcierto is the only wine produced by CUW (about 4,000 bottles), and our importer reports it is in such tremendous demand, and now being sold in small quantities to five very fortunate US states. In SF it is being offered in the best Spanish restaurants at up to $20 a glass!! Bottle price has increased to nearly $30 a bottle, but we will maintain last year’s price at just $24.95.
The 2017 Desconcierto Albariño will arrive this week and be available to sample at Saturday’s Tasting Bar. A different “animal” from the 2016’s tasty and riper “pear-like” fruit; still very successful, but more like a youthful, cool vintage Premier Cru Chablis with highly energized, bracing acidity that washes across the palate! Lemon-lime with minerality salinity, and sprigs of fresh cut herb a waft in the briny ocean air. Where I liked the 2016 with fresh cracked dungeness crab, the 2017 will be unbelievable with sashimi, and raw shell fish including oysters and uni!!