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Bodegas Corisca

Albariño 2018

$28.00

Albariño 2018

Bodegas Corisca

Albariño 2018

$28.00

Natalia Rodríguez is one of the most focused producers of Albariño in all of Galicia, as well as a trailblazer. Bodegas Corisca was certified organic in 2010, the first in Rías Baixas. Prior to founding Corisca, Natalia’s father José María (who is 82 years old and still goes to tend to the vineyard every day) sold his grapes to a local winery in the Condado do Tea, the southernmost subzone of Rías Baixas. This is the part of Galicia that abuts Portugal, right on the Miño River, a land of rolling hills, filled with forests and streams.

Natalia says: My corner of Galicia smells of grass, humidity, laurel, and woods. I think my wines have more of this smell… It is fresh and reminds me of freshly cut grass and balsamic notes like laurel. It is more sweet and soft, in part because is so surrounded by fresh water and not salt water.

Corisca comprises 4 hectares of vines: the family’s beloved Finca Muiño, which is 2 hectares of 35-40 year-old Albariño, planted by José María himself, and trained high overhead in the traditional pergola/parral formation. This is the core and soul of Corisca Albariño. Finca Malladoura is the other 2 hectares, assembled from 15 tiny vineyard properties, which Natalia acquired one-by-one before recuperating the vines and planting or grafting new ones.

Farming at Corisca is rigorous and natural, incorporating sheep manure and maintaining year-round cover crop, with fortifying applications of Natalia’s homegrown and homemade infusions of comfrey, willow, and garlic, in addition to the standard copper and sulfur. All of these treatments are topical, with nothing coming into contact with the vine’s roots or sap. The Atlantic coast of Galicia is a seriously difficult place to farm organically, and Natalia is keen to point out that it is always a battle, despite the slightly drier, warmer, inland zone where she farms (relative to vineyards directly on the coast).

All of this effort is in the pursuit of perfecting the balance of one wine: Corisca Albariño. 

- A R Wines