Is it weird this wine has gotten the Outkast song So Fresh and So Clean stuck in my head? Arcan's Albarino just smells and tastes so clean and fresh and alive and like the Atlantic that I can't help it.
Arcan is made by Adega Pombal a Lanzada: a small family winery with about 5 acres in Rias Baixas, Galicia Spain. Galicia is the rocky hilly little corner of Spain up above Portugal that sticks out into the Atlantic. The climate is cool, rainy, and rather stormy; entirely unlike the rest of Spain. Rias Baixas is an appellation right on the coast where deep inlets (Rias) make for great fishing and natural harbors. The Pombal family was actually traditionally mussel farmers, but like most families here also had some vines for making wine for themselves. At about 5 acres they actually have more land than most and so eventually made the jump to making their own wines.
The Arcan is older vine Albarino, fermented in stainless steel with natural yeast, and aged for about 6 months. 5 acres isn't much and so total production usually ranges between 1,400 to 2,000 cases per year.
Aroma: The Arcan Albarino is more aromatic than a lot of Albarinos I've had. There's lots of stone fruit: peaches and apricots, but also fresh lemon and apple blossoms. The Arcan's aroma isn't just fruit though. I feel like I can definitely smell the Atlantic in this salty oceany wet rock kind of quality the wine has.
Taste: This is fresh vivid zingy Albarino with ripe fruit (sort of white peach, lemon, green apple, and ripe cantaloupe) right off the bat. The Arcan is very "wet". What do I mean by that? I'm not sure....it's very thirst quenching and somehow the salty briney rockiness makes me think of the cold Atlantic Ocean. The Arcan is one of those wines with a juxtaposition of ripe fruit and body but also fresh acidity and dancing minerality that just pushes all my buttons! This is a fantastic wine for almost any New England seafood, ranging from salmon to mussels, oysters, or mackerel!