Ribeiras de Armea Blanco
A U.S. exclusive.
This blend of 80% Branco Lexítimo (Albarín Blanco) and 20% Agudelo (Chenin Blanc) comes from different plots of vines located in the Armea area of Betanzos, the northernmost grape growing region in Spain. The vines average 40 years old and are planted on a variety of soils: granite, schist, shale, and clay.
The wine ferments with indigenous yeasts and matures 12 months in a combination of 500L and 225L used oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The cool climate gives it freshness and good acidity. It offers vibrant citrus aromas. The production is tiny, only 108 cases of the 2019 vintage. 13.2% alcohol.
About the Producer
Casa Beade (Adega Beade in Galician) is produced by Jose Luis Beade, who learned winemaking from his grandfather and later Jose Luis Mateos of Quinta de Muradella. He farms 6 acres divided into 22 plots (!) in cold, wet Betanzos, the northernmost traditional grape growing region of Spain.
Jose Luis crafts extremely limited, pure, austere examples of the local grapes. He is working to revive viticulture in this exceptional wine growing region, where only 75 acres remain of the 2,500 that existed in the 18th century.