Rias Baixas is the only exclusively white wine appellation in Spain and is located in the northwest region of Galicia. Because of its cool, oceanic climate, the Albariño grape from which most of the region's whites are made, thrives to produce light and fresh wines. Bodegas Terras Gauda, founded in 1990 and situated in the O Rosal valley near the River Mino, is the leading wine producer in the region and is notable for owning 85% of its own vineyards, the remainder of the grapes are provided under strict quality control agreements with other local growers.
I recently received two wines produced by Bodegas Terras Gauda; Albariño and O Rosal. We opened both on what now feels like the last days of summer, just prior to the recent drop in temps to the low 60's.
Disclaimer: Samples submitted for review.
First evening, with grilled turkey dogs and potato salad for a side, I opened an Abadía de San Campio Albariño 2012 (SRP $20). The wine is 100% Albariño. Color was a light golden yellow, very clear and bright. While pouring, I was picking up aromas of pear, but first sniff in the glass the aromas were green apple with pear, lemon zest, some tangerine and a touch of pineapple. A very zesty mouthfeel with taste of lemon, a little ripe apple and a bit of grapefruit. Finish was quite nice, long and citrusy. Very delicious wine, very nice summer sipping wine, but not meant to be served with hot dogs and salad. Food pairing recommendations are shellfish; oysters, clam and crab. Also will pair well with Asian cuisine. A beautiful wine and Highly Recommended.
The following evening the girls brought home a bag full of fresh shrimp and a small salmon steak. The salmon steak was for me. They did not think I would dig into the shrimp that much. (I'll take salmon over shrimp any day) But, "Shrimp on the Barbie," I can do that pretty well. One skewer was done specifically for me. Just skewer 20 shrimp and grill. Three skewers were done Cajun marinated for them along with their iced tea. The wine was all mine. Terras Gauda O Rosal 2012 (SRP $24) is a blend of 70% Albariño,
20% Loureira, and 10% Caino Blanco, all indigenous varietals to Rias
Baixas. The O Rosal is the
flagship wine of the winery. Color is more of a greenish yellow with aromas of peach, clementine and honeysuckle. A sweet mouthfeel with floral notes, sweet orange and small hints of evergreen was followed by a long thick honey like finish. WoW! This wine rocks. Not only a perfect match for the shrimp and my little bit of fish, but felt so nice afterwards.
Pair this wine with any seafood, spicy Asian or Cajun and creamy sauces.
The price keeps this from not being my everyday go to wine, but for that special evening with a special someone. Terras Gauda O Rosal is Very Highly Recommended