2020 Leirana Albarino NYR
Bodegas Forjas del Salnes
$29.99, $26.99 on 3+ (code: 3saves3)
**For the 2019 - NOT THE 2020 As Its Not Yet Rated**
2019: 93 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2018 was a 94)
The first Albariño to be bottled is the 2019 Leirana, which I was also able to compare with the 2018 vintage. It's the one that represents the character of the Valle del Salnés, as it's produced with grapes from different villages across the valley. This ferments in a combination of 60% stainless steel vats and 40% oak foudres, where the wine matures for six months. Contrary to what I've seen at other addresses, this 2019 is very closed and backward; it's a vintage with very high acidity, citrus and salt. This is still a little too young. 30,000 bottles produced. The first lot of two was bottled in February 2020, when they used a little more wine from the foudre to make it more approachable because the market demands the wines very early, and especially in 2019, the acidity is very sharp. - Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
Rías Baixas, in northwest Spain just above Portugal, hugging the Atlantic coastline is a breathtaking region. The sub-region of Val do Salnes, the birthplace of Albariño, is no exception and where today's wine hails from. Within the five unique subzones that fall under the D.O. Rías Baixas , Val do Salnes’ prime location is the coolest. The soil here is pure granite with top layers of rocks and alluvial soil, perfect for a fresh Albariño expression.
- 100% Albarino. Vines planted from 1952 - 1982. Tended in sandy and granite soil at 5 m (16 ft) elevation
- Naturally occurring fermentation with its own yeast. Aged in 80% stainless, 20% neutral foudre. No malolactic fermentation.
- Tiny 2,000 case production