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.
“This bodega has made one of the 5 best releases of Albariño in every vintage stretching back more than 20 years, which is a track record that very few producers can match in any of the world’s wine regions. It excels on the strength of unusually concentrated fruit with impressive depth of flavour, along with a fresh, nimble character that stems from very fresh, thoroughly integrated acidity. Zesty but satisfying at once, this is the Albariño to use for converting any friends who’ve yet to try this leading category of Spanish whites.”
92 points, Michael Franz, WineReviewOnline.com, Oct 2019