2010 Benito Santos "Pago de Xoan" Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1213908 93 points 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.  (8/2015)

91 points 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)  (1/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
If you think you know Albariño and want to further explore the variety, Benito Santos' offerings would be a terrific place to start. Benito Santos was one of the original growers in Rias Baixas when the D.O. was created. The company that now bears his name farms Albariño in three distinct vineyards in Salnés. Each of the vineyards is owned by the church and each is dominated by an 8th century chapel. Benito Santos leases the vines in perpetuity. All of the vines are certified organic by CREAGA, the first vineyards certified in Galicia. Xoan is a mere .5 hectare granite vineyard, originally planted 80 years ago. Intriguingly mineral, and not totally dissimilar to very good dry Chenin Blanc - just replace limestone with granite. Aromas of ripe, spicy yellow fruit and stone fruit, as well as apples, lead to a bright and creamy palate: ripe, mineral and incredibly stylish. It is a serious white wine for people who are serious white wine drinkers.

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