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Wine from Rias Baixas

Nestled in the extreme northwest of Spain, Rias Baixas is a wine region that is located in the province of Pontevedra and south of A Coruna, in Galicia. Rias Baixas is known for white wine, produced from the Albariño grape variety.

Historians believe that the grapes were introduced to Rias Baixas around the 12th century by the Cistercian monks when they established the Monastery of Armeteira. The five sub-regions, Condado do Tea, Soutomaior, Ribera de Ulla Val do Salnés and O Rosal; also have a long history of wine production with their own traditional styles. The sub-regions have different soil types and range from sandy to alluvial, granite and slate.

Rias Baixas has an Atlantic climate with sea fog and wet winters. The average rainfall is high with mild temperatures. During the summer, temperatures rarely exceed 86°. The coldest areas in the regions are Val do Salnés and Ribera de Ulla, because of their coastal location. Condado do Tea is the warmest, but also the coldest with heavy rainfall and frequent frosts.  

Rias Baixas white grapes that are authorized include Albariño, Loureira Blanca, Treixadura, Caiño Blanca, Torrontés and Godello. The red authorized varieties are Caiño Tinto, Espadeiro, Loureira Tinta, Sousón, Mencía and Brancellao.

 

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Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino 2017 (magnum)

Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino is made from 100% Albarino.
Aged for 5 months in oak barrels (a combination of fine-grained American and French Allier barrels).
1583 is the birth date of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes, in Cambados.


They wanted to pay tribute to their ancestor with this wine that managed to reach a perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.


Lovely straw yellow color, clean and bright. The nose is reminiscent of ripe crystallized fruit and spices. The palate is elegant, round and well balanced, with a silky texture.


Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry.

Review:

"Fatter, fleshier, and more textured than the straight Albariño, the 2017 Albariño 1583 is another brilliant white from this estate that’s well worth seeking out. Notes of green apples, spice, and crushed rocks all flow to a medium to full-bodied white that has a dense, layered mid-palate, terrific balance, and a great finish. This beauty is geared for the dinner table and, as with the base cuvée, it should keep for 2-4 years easily. This cuvée is 100% Albariño that spent four months in French and American oak followed by two months in stainless steel."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 93 pts



 93 Points
Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino 2019

Fefinanes Albarino de 1583 Albarino is made from 100% Albarino.
Aged for 5 months in oak barrels (a combination of fine-grained American and French Allier barrels).
1583 is the birth date of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes, in Cambados.


They wanted to pay tribute to their ancestor with this wine that managed to reach a perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.


Lovely straw yellow color, clean and bright. The nose is reminiscent of ripe crystallized fruit and spices. The palate is elegant, round and well balanced, with a silky texture.


Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry.

Review:

"The oaking of the 2019 1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes was quite subtle and seems to have brought forward the more balsamic notes of the variety, making it come through as a little more herbal, with almost a minty touch, reminiscent of bay leaf. The palate is not as vibrant and pure as the unoaked wine from this same year, which was exceptionally good. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2020), 91 pts

 Wine Advocate: 91
Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino 2019

Fefinanes Albarino de Albarino is 100 percent Albarino

Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon.


This is a classic Albariño which is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years. Owner Juan Gil comments that the wine really starts to come into its own in June/July, and he actually prefers it 18 or more months after it's made. A Fefiñanes "vertical" of three or four vintages can provide some most interesting surprises.

Review:

"The regular Albariño is one of the most reliable among the more available wines, and it tends to show well early on and also age nicely for a few years in bottle. The 2019 Albariño de Fefiñanes feels unusually expressive and ready, very approachable, with a harmonious nose but with none of that reductive character often found in the early bottled wines. It's floral, varietal, aromatic and clean, with a balanced palate combining volume with great freshness. I tend to like this wine two or three years after the harvest. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2020), 91 pts

 Wine Advocate: 91
Fefinanes Albarino de III Anos Albarino 2017

Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino "III Ano"  is made from 100 percent Albarino

The III Año shows all the expressiveness of the Albariño grape, with full nose of mature fruit and a mineral character. Complex and meaty with firm structure in the mouth, it promises a splendid evolution which will favor a long life for this elegant wine with personality.

Aged for 3 years on the lees in stainless steel tanks.

Wine is aged for a total of 6 months: 4 months in French and American Oak barrels. No new oak, only 1, 2 and 3 year old barriques. During these 4 months, wine is aged on the fine lees with frequent Batonnage (stirring of the lees) in order to get the most expressive notes from the Albarino varietal. Then, it is transfered into a stainless steel tank, which allows the oak aromas to be assimilated and integrated.

1583 is the birth date of the Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, builder of the Castle of Fefinanes, in Cambados. They wanted to pay tribute to their ancestor with this wine that managed to reach a perfect harmony between the fruitiness of the Albarino grape and the complexity brought by the oak aging.

Excellent with shellfish, grilled or stewed fish, white meats, poultry


Minius Godello 2018

Minius Godello is made from 100 percent Godello.

Minius is a wine with a very live yellow color with green reflections. Highlighted on the nose are the citrus and floral aromas, along with white fruits notes and herbs like fennel. It is soft and elegant in mouth that together with the acidity gives a fresh and persistent finish.

Strict and careful grape selection in the vineyard and winery before destemming. Cold maceration at 10ºC during 3-4 hours. Presing. Alcoholic fermentation begins at 16,5 ºC in stainless steel under an automatic temperature control. Stabilization of the wine in isotermic tanks, filtering and bottling. Resting in the bottle during 30 days prior distribution.

Pairs with apperitives, rices, grilled seafood, white fish in sauce, cheeses, poultries


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