Style: Light, Fruity
Flavors: Mineral, Peach
Lot 523 is an archetypal Albariño, born of granitic, alluvial soils a stone’s throw from the Ria de Arousa Estuary in the heart of the Salnés Valley of Rías Baixas, long known as the birthplace of Albariño and its greatest expression. This producer has some of the oldest plantings of Albariño in the region.
I first reached out to the producer last year, but unfortunately the 2014 wines were already sold; however, I got in line for the 2015s. When I tasted the wine in February (just as it came off the lees) I took everything I could get my hands on. Obviously I can’t name the producer, but if you ask any Spanish sommelier who they think is making the best Albariño, this winery would be at the top of anyone’s list. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous has scored this particular cuvee 90-91 points three of the last four vintages. Today’s release is the exact same cuvee they bottle under their own label. Compare at $20/bottle.