2011 Santiago Ruiz O Rosal

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Wine of the Week: 2011 Santiago Ruiz O Rosal
Region: Rías Baixas, Spain
Price: $20

The 2011 Santiago Ruiz O Rosal is a deliciously, crisp, Albariño blend from Rías Baixas in Spain’s ruggedly beautiful northwestern corner known as Galicia or as ‘Green Spain.’

 This wine is as adorable for its label as it is delicious to drink. The label is actually a copy of the map, which Santiago Ruiz’s daughter Isabel drew by hand, to show guests how to get to her wedding.  How original is that!

This 2011 Santiago Ruiz O Rosal is wonderfully crisp and refreshing with a delicious tangy minerality. Unoaked, it is quite aromatic (think delicate flowers, citrus and peach) and packed with bright, juicy flavors, which are intense and persistent across the palate. It also has a very attractive spiciness, almost laurel-leaf-like kick on the finish.

At the table: With over half of Spain’s seafood caught off the coast of Galicia, it is little wonder than the tangy minerally Albariño wines are perfect partners with seafood, but don’t stop there, This Santiago Ruiz wine is equally at ease with spicy Asian or Mexican inspired dishes. We recently enjoyed this wine with Pad Thai. Try it for yourself with Sara Kate’s tasty Green Papaya Pad Thai – you won’t be disappointed.

About Santiago Ruiz and O Rosal: O Rosal is a sub-zone within the overall Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin (DO). Bordering Portugal to the south, it is a little more southerly and gets more sunshine than the most important and largest sub-zone Val do Salnés. Wines labeled O Rosal are made predominantly from the Albariño grape, but they also contain small amounts of other locally cultivated white grape varieties. This 2011 O Rosal from Santiago Ruiz is a blend of Albariño (70%), Loureiro (15%), Caiño Blanco (10%), Treixadura and Godello (5%).

The Santiago Ruiz winery is over 150 years old. It was one of the first wineries in the region and was established back in 1860 by Santiago Ruiz’s maternal grandmother. Santiago himself has now retired, and it is his daughter Rosa who is at the helm. Rías Baixas is especially noted for the very high percentage of its wineries that have women as winemakers and owners.