“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.”
Michael Franz on Pazo Senorans Albariño, Wine Review Online, Oct 2019
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.
“It’s hard not to fall in love with a wine when its seductive aromas fairly burst from the glass. Mandarin orange, starfruit, Asian pear, pink grapefruit—they all come tumbling out of the wine plus flashes of minerals and white pepper. And all of those are set against a creamy mouthfeel. I almost couldn’t believe how vivid and refreshing this wine is. Albariños are, of course, generally very tasty. But Pazo Señorans is a cut above—a wine that’s elegant, lifted, and feels like a pure ocean breeze.”
92 points, Karen MacNeil, Aug 2020