2010 Benito Santos "Pago de Xoan" Albariño Rias Baixas
Wine & Spirits
Benito Santos helped found the DO Rías Baixas and championed Albariño as the grape that best suits this rainy region. Pago de Xoan comes from the original vineyard Santos planted almost 90 years ago. It’s a complex Albariño, with smoky scents and earthy flavors of mushrooms, white ripe fruit and pointed acidity that brings freshness to the wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sold much later than its siblings and presenting as a completely different animal, the 2010 Pago de Xoan is a serious Albariño form the original Benito Santos vineyard, 0.55 hectares of very old vines on sandy, granite slopes. The full clusters are pressed and the must ferments with selected yeasts. The wine aged in contact with the lees, with six months in oak barrels. The nose shows developed notes of yellow fruit, some minerals (gun powder), fennel and aniseed with more complexity and subtlety than its siblings. The palate is medium-bodied with very polished acidity. (LG)
Wax, vanilla and almond flavors mingle in this maturing white. The dried apple, coconut and herbal flavors are supported by lively acidity. Harmonious, in the traditional style. (Web-2014)