CASAL DE ARMÁN
D.O. RIBEIRO, SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, D.O. Ribeiro, Avia valley.
Grapes: 90% Treixadura, 5% Godello, and 5% Albariño.
Vineyard: All estate fruit, selection done in vineyards.
Soil: Granite, Sand, and Slate.
Vinification: Combining grapes from different soil types to show the unique character. Temperature control from the moment grapes are picked. Whole berries are pressed using a pneumatic press with steams. The must settles naturally and then ferments in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: Rest for 9 months in tank prior to bottling.
Nose: Intensity aromas, white flowers, fennel, small season stone fruits, litchis, peach notes, balsamic and spring water.
Taste: Fresh, uncutous and structured. Exotic fruits scents, grapefruit, fresh herbs, mint and a perfectly integrated acidity and a final long taste.
Color: Very bright straw yellow with greenish gleams.
Gastronomy: Shellfish, simply cooked, or raw.
Casal de Armán Blanco is the flagship wine of the winery. It is 90% Treixadura in a blend that includes Godello and Albariño, the traditional blend of the family. It is made using grapes only from estate vineyards.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Report, Oct '22 gave 90 points to 2020 Casal de Armán Blanco. “This blend of 90% Treixadura, 5% Godello, and 5% Albariño is floral driven and pronounced. Aromas of baked apple, peach, jasmine and lychee are repeated on the palate and joined with a hint of magnolia and honey. Big on the palate with a subdued acidity, the finish is long. Texture, flavors and balance remind of Viognier.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Fall Issue Annual Buyers Guide's Top 100 Best Buys, Oct '22 gave 90 points to 2020 Casal de Armán Blanco. “Grown at estate vineyards in the Valle del Avia, this is a blend based on treixadura (90 percent) with a little godello and albariño. It ferments and then ages on the lees in stainless steel, developing a dynamic richness that layers green mango, white rose, mountain herbs and lasting notes of fresh almonds. Jonathan Eichholz of NYC’s The Modern compared the fruit complexity to aam papad, the Indian fruit leather made out of mango pulp. The wine’s acidity lifts the flavors and gives a vibrant impression that lasts.”
-Wine Spectator, Oct '22 gave 93 points to 2020 Casal de Armán Blanco. “Ripe and expressive, this silky white is trimmed by a lightly mouthwatering acidity that buoys the range of pineapple and nectarine fruit, honey and pink grapefruit sorbet flavors. Pretty chamomile and spice play on the clean-cut finish. Treixadura, Godello and Albariño.’
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Oct '21 gave 92 points to 2020 Casal de Armán Blanco. “A silky blend of Treixadura (90%) with smaller parts Godello and Albarino, this shows a dense mouthfeel with plenty of stony character. Layers of buttered brioche and bitter lemon combine with salty and earthy undertones on the palate. Enjoy this beauty at a slightly warmer temperature."