A Brilliant Albarino from Marques de Murrieta. This is the best Albarino we have tasted this year. We are down to the last bottles of this outstanding effort, and it reminds us of Premier Cru White Burgundy with its beautiful interplay of minerality, richness, and energy. Highly recommended, this is a gorgeous world-class white wine.
This is the best Albarino we have ever tasted. It's more reminiscent of white Burgundy than it is an Albarino. Pazo Barrantes' goal here is to make a world-class white wine with the Albarino grape, and he has succeeded in spades! The vines in this thirty-five-acre vineyard are about 60 years old, and the outer vineyard is lined with 400+-year-old eucalyptus trees that provide shelter. The yields are kept low, and the vineyard is sustainably farmed. The wine is dense and, with coaxing, reveals lovely stone fruits, citrus skin, acacia blossoms, bay leaves, and liquid minerals. The palate is stuffed with incredible depth, length, and persistence one never finds from the Albarino grape. The wine finish with a lovely salinity and tons of dry extract that linger on the palate for at least a minute. This is incredibly gorgeous stuff and a must-buy for the white wine lover!
Wine Advocate (Luis Gutiérrez) 95 points! "When some are releasing their 2021 wine, Pazo Barrantes took a break and are now releasing their 2019 Gran Vino Albariño, after a hiatus of almost two years. Because they changed almost everything... They have 12 hectares of 35-year-old vineyards divided into eight different plots around the winery in the Val do Salnés plus one hectare they rent from the archbishopric. The soils are degraded and sandy granite and the pruning the traditional "parrón," "emparrado" or pergola at 1.8 to two meters high. The grapes were picked between September 13th and 20th, let to settle and fermented in stainless steel at 10 degrees Celsius for 60 days. The wine was kept with the lees for two months and a further seven months in tank, but 15% of the wine matured in 225-liter acacia barrels. The wine was bottled in June 2020 and was kept in bottle for 16 months. It's 13% alcohol and has a pH of 3.4 and 7.8 grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid per liter). The wine is extremely balsamic and medicinal, with an explosive nose with notes of white flowers, but the nose changes, as we know. What impressed me was the seamless structure and the harmony on the palate. It's titillating, elegant, detailed and nuanced, with terrific balance."