Goliardo A Telleira Albariño<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?The unique winemaking techniques and talents of lifelong viticulturalist, Rodri Mendez, make for a very interesting project. This Albarino undergoes a process ranging from free run, natural must, to skin fermentation, to foudre fermentation to resting in a stainless steel tank.
RATING HISTORY:2018 96WA; 2017 95WA; 2016 93WA; 2015 94WA
GRAPE:100% Albariño. Vines planted in 1973. Tended in sandy soil at 5 m (16 ft) elevation.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Rías Baixas is tucked into the green rolling hills of the northwest corner of Spain, just above Portugal, hugging the deep blue Atlantic coastline. It is a breathtaking region overall, and the sub-region of Val do Salnes, the birthplace of Albariño, is no exception. Within the five unique subzones that fall under the D.O. Rías Baixas , Val do Salnes’ prime location is the coolest and most fertile area of the D.O. on the Atlantic coast of Spain. In fact, there is more Albariño vines planted there than any of the other four sub-regions sharing its Rías Baixas name. The soil here is pure granite with top layers of rocks and alluvial soil, perfect for the fresh, Albariño expression. With average temperatures of approximately 60F (16C) between April and October, Rías Baixas is also one of the rainiest areas in Spain with median annual rain falling 63inches (1600mm). This can often cause difficulties in reaching optimum sugar levels during the last few, very vital, weeks before harvest, often resulting in vintage variation.
TASTING NOTES:Light bright yellow. Mineral-accented pear, orange zest and iodine on the incisive nose, accented by a suggestion of quinine. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering vibrant, densely packed Meyer lemon and pear flavors underscored by a suave floral element. Youthfully taut and focused on the impressively long, chewy finish, which features nervy citrus fruit tones and lingering stoniness. This complex, concentrated yet lively wine reminded me a lot of a top-drawer example of Puligny-Montrachet. -- Josh Raynolds.
ALCOHOL CONTENT:2015: 12.5% / 2016: 13.0%
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