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2016 Compañía de Vinos Trico "Tricó" Albariño Rias Baixas

SKU #1490051 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The eponymous 2016 Tricó is a classic Albariño from 25- to 35-year-old vineyards on poor granite soils that give low yields. The full clusters are pressed, then the juice is let to settle before fermenting at low temperature with neutral yeasts. This stays at least one year in tank before it's bottled. These are serious and subtle wines, not exuberant or showy, with good ripeness and very high compensating acidity, but the wines don't feel acidic. This has the advantage of time and has developed further complexity and tertiary aromas, hints of straw, a touch of honey, more reminiscent of a river than the sea. The palate is round but vibrant, pungent and intense, with clean, focused flavors. 30,000 bottles were filled in September 2018. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

K&L Notes

José Antonio López is as eccentric as he is brilliant. Eschewing the typical Rías Baixas modus operandi of “pick, crush, ferment, bottle, sell”, José Antonio holds his wines in tank and in bottle for an unusually long time before release. The vineyards are located in the Condado do Tea sub-region, the warmest in the D.O., and they produce wines of unusual concentration and heft that benefit from José Antonio’s patience in releasing them. The flagship wine has more in common with Wachau Grüner Veltliner than it does with the zippy, one-dimensional wines that dominate the Albariño landscape. It is racked off the lees after fermentation and kept in tank for an additional eighteen months and twelve months in bottle before release.

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