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Explore Four 4 PACK“Galicia: Green Spain” (750mL)

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Explore Four 4 PACK “Galicia: Green Spain” (750mL)

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“Over the last few years, perhaps no wine region in the world has captured our attention quite like Galicia in Northwest Spain. Here\'s a chance to grow your knowledge of the region with this custom-curated 4-pack.”

Grow your wine knowledge and drink well while doing it: That’s the idea behind “Explore 4,” our most popular monthly club. Here’s a chance to check it out—no commitment required!

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“Explore 4” surveys the vast landscape of wine and breaks it into small, digestible bites. Each month, we select four bottles that fit a theme, allowing members to experience a diversity of styles while developing their own palate preferences. It’s an ongoing exploration of wine through a sommelier’s eyes and there’s no more effective, and enjoyable, way to learn about wine.

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In this edition of the Explore 4, offered as a one-time purchase, we explore the cavernous river valleys of Galicia, Spain, whose whites from Albariño and reds from Mencía have become firmly entrenched on the world’s best wine lists. 

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Here are the wines in the 4-pack, which are accompanied by a full-color booklet discussing the theme and the wines in vivid detail:

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Lagar de Cervera, Rías Baixas Albariño 2020

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This wine is sourced from vineyards in Salnés and O Rosal, two Rías Baixas sub-zones that hug the coast. Vines are grown on sandy decomposed granite, the perfect catalyst to trap aromatics while offering proper drainage for the high rainfall of the region. High winds blow in from the Atlantic to combat rot and mildew, which are common side effects of such a wet climate. 

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Yellow-gold with hints of green/silver. Expressive aromas of white peach, green mango, fresh green herbs, crushed rocks, sea salt, fresh cream, and chamomile tea. Textured and lush on the palate, with lots of wet-stone minerality and bright acidity pointing up the finish. Structured like white Burgundy but with a distinct salinity.

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Pazo de Galegos, Rías Baixas Albariño 2019

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Sourced from vineyards in San Pedro de Vilanova at 225 meters of elevation. Valle del Ulla is the northern-most, and driest, of the five Rias Baixas subzones. Granitic, sandy soil offsets undesired humidity, keeping disease pressure low. The low fertility of the soil limits vegetative growth and keeps yields low, resulting in concentrated aromas and flavors.

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Pale straw-gold in the glass, this old-vine bottling displays more assertive aromas of ripe peach, melon, and wildflower honey, which carry over to the medium-plus-bodied palate. There is excellent acidity to offset the ample texture, resulting in a wine that is both substantial and refreshing. Nice heft for poached halibut or sole in lemon butter.

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Pagos del Galir, Valdeorras Mencía “Entoma” 2019

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Valdeorras, just east of Ribeira Sacra, hugs the north bank of the Sil River, with vineyards at some of the steepest, seemingly impassable pitches you’ll ever see. Translating roughly as “valley of gold,” the region is so named for the gold mining once carried out by the Romans when they inhabited the area (these days, slate mining is more common).

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This wine displays Mencía’s deceivingly dark ruby-black color—deceiving because the wine is not as “heavy” as it might look. Heady aromas of blackberry, pomegranate, black plum, licorice, black pepper, and iodine carry over to the juicy, medium-bodied palate. The balance of saturated fruit and slate-y savor is uniquely appealing. 

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Bodegas Estefanía, Bierzo “Tilenus Roble” 2018

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As with the Galician wine zones, Bierzo experiences a cool, wet Atlantic Ocean influence, but as you move eastward, to lower altitudes closer to the Sil River, the influence of the warmer, drier plains to the east can be felt. At higher elevations (often 1,000+ meters) the Bierzo soils are a mix of slate and granite, transitioning to more “alluvial” material—sand, silt, and clay—in the lower-lying areas.

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This is a lighter, brighter style than most Bierzo reds you’ll encounter—some, in fact, can take on some of the dark-fruited, peppery characteristics of Northern Rhône Syrah. There is a Syrah-like hint of violet in this 2018, but the overall scale of the wine is more reminiscent of Cru Beaujolais. Medium ruby in color, with a mix of red and black fruits, including plum, raspberry, and pomegranate.

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