2013 Forjas de Salnes "Leirana" Finca Genoveva Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1240384 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even the regular, early-released 2013 Leirana Albariño has a part that has been fermented in oak. It's produced from vines from different villages in the Salnés valley, mostly with influence from the sea. You can feel the proximity to the sea in the nose but more in the palate where it's almost saline, quite powerful and offering very good acidity and freshness. The nose mixes white flowers, apples and pears with a sea breeze sensation. This is much more than a young, fresh Albariño. 20,000 bottles produced. (LG)  (1/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Pale yellow. Emphatic, mineral-accented aromas of lime pith, grapefruit, green apple and jasmine, with a gingery nuance building in the glass. Dry, nervy and precise, offering intense citrus fruit and chalky mineral flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes spicy, stony and very long, with a whiplash of bitter lime zest and excellent persistence. (JR)  (9/2014)

91 points James Suckling

 Sliced apple and pear with lemon and mineral undertones. Full body, bright fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Made from pure old vine albariño. Drink now. (JS)  (7/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Of all the albariños Rodrigo Méndez produces in Salnés, this is the most straightforward. It’s old-vine fruit without any barrel time, pure in its fresh varietal character of herbs and citrus fruits. Concentrated enough to stand up to seafood, it will evolve for two to three years in bottle.  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

This blockbuster of rich, yet defined and refined, mineral drenched Albariño, is brought to you by two of Spain's most highly regarded winemakers, particularly for whites: Rodri Mendes and Raúl Pérez. Almost entirely planted to granite soil, the Finca Genoveva site is much different from sandy, coastal lots. Over 10 years ago, Rodri Mendez & Raul Perez began farming this vineyard. They found out that the Albarino vines produced fruit of phenomenal quality, and therefore coddle with an "old fashioned" style elevage: afterr a 24 hours skin soak, spontaneous fermentation is done in four neutral barrels, where the wine will remain on lees until next harvest. Nothing is added to the wine until bottling, where it is then sulfured, and left to age.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
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One of the best, most complex Albarinos...even white wines...I have tasted in years. A serious wine with depth, texture, phenolics and sophisticated presence on the palate. Infused with minerals and salt...it goes on forever on the finish. This is a must try for Albarino aficionados or fans of legendary winemaker Raul Perez.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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