Pazo Señorans’ Albarino is a masterclass in the varietal’s potential. Intensely aromatic, round, and consistently well-balanced, Albarino can be a young, drink-now wine, or a creamy lees-matured wonder with considerably aging potential. Winemaker Ana Quintela sources pergola-trained fruit from a patchwork of small vineyards around the Salnes Valley in the region of Rias Baixas. The wine ferments in cool stainless steel tanks, then ages on fine lees for five months. The result is a textural wine with waves of bright citrus, stone fruit, and white flowers on the nose and palate. Easy to love, there’s an intensity to the acidity that gives the wine remarkable structure.
“The complex white-peach, gooseberry and floral nose is very enticing and just beginning to open up. Rich, yet sleek and elegant with spot-on balance of fruit, creaminess from yeast contact and lemon-lime acidity. Where is that pan-fried fish! Drink now or hold.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2018
“This generous white offers peach, pear and quince flavours accented by floral and briny notes. Citrusy acidity keeps this focused and lively through the minerally finish. Drink now through 2022.”
90 points, Wine Spectator, May 2018
92 points, Guia Peñin 2019