2021 Rodrigo Mendez "Salvora" Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain

Light brilliant yellow. Ripe, mineral-accented pear, orange zest, white flowers and ginger on the fragrant nose; notes of honey and smoky lees add complexity. Lush orchard and pit fruit flavors gain depth and spiciness with air, picking up a zestier Meyer lemon nuance on the back half. The pear note carries strongly through the seamless, impressively long finish, which shows excellent clarity and bright mineral cut.


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Made from grapes grown in a single vineyard planted since 1905 in his grandmother's backyard, Sálvora is the first wine that winemaker Rodrigo Mendez ever drank. 100% Indigenous yeast fermentation. The wines are fermented and aged without controlling the temperature in old wood vessels.


Sálvora, named after an island in Rías Baixas, is produced from a single vineyard within the area of Meano in the Salnés subzone, the most northwestern zone of this Atlantic region. Winemaker Rodrigo Mendez's goal with Sálvora is to show Albarino in a different light. Sálvora is fermented with its own indigenous yeast and aged in old wood vessels without controlling the temperature. Until the 1980s when stainless steel technology was implemented by all wineries, this is the way Albariño wines were made. Unfortunately, wines in this region are not made like this anymore. Rodri has brought back this traditional style of winemaking to produce uniquely special Albariño wines, such as Sálvora.


Grape(s) Albariño
Farming Sustainable