Luis Rodriguez Blanco ''Os Pasas’' Blanco 2014 - Ribeiro del Duero, Spain
Varietals: Treixadura, Albariño, Torrontés, and Lado
The grapes for Os Pasas Blanco come from steep, terraced hillsides and is comprised of mostly Treixadura, a variety known for producing delicate, peachy, and flinty wines ideal for blending with the higher acid grape varieties like Albariño and Lado, and the floral Torrontés. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in steel vat, and raised on the lees in vat for 10-12 months. It is a fresh light to medium-bodied vinho branco with beautiful structure and subtle flavors of citrus, honey, and seashell minerality.
Luis Rodriguez established his bodega in 1988 with the goal of making terruño-driven wines from indigenous grape varieties, grapes like Treixadura and Caiño that were on the verge of extinction at the time. Luis has slowly accumulated 5 hectares comprised of nearly 100 micro-parcels, mostly located on the steep, southwest-facing, granitic hillsides of his hometown of Arnoia. Luis makes wine in the same cellar as his grandfather, where he utilizes native yeasts, judicious SO2, and practices élevage in mostly used, larger French oak barrels.