Bodegas Gerardo Mendez, Rias Baixas
Rias Baixas er den vigtigste vinregion i Galicien og hjemstedet for Spaniens mest berømte hvidvine. Vinene laves på den grønne Albarino-drue og giver nogle af Spaniens flotteste tørre hvidvine. Rigtig meget vin fra regionen er dog desværre meget kommercielt; sprøjtemidler, høje udbytter, kulturgær og koldgæring giver enkle, let drikkelige men ret ligegyldige vine. En skam, når potentialet fo...
The 2022 Albariño Cepas Vellas feels quite reductive and difficult to read on the nose. It took time to open up, but the palate showed the depth, balance and clout of the wine from minute one. It's dense and intense, with crystalline purity and great length, leaving a strong rocky sensation like the old vines really feed on the granite. - Luis Gutierrez
The 2018 Albariño Cepas Vellas has to be one of the finest vintages of this old-vine (reaaaaally old vine!) cuvée, in a vintage where the wine reached levels of elegance and harmony that I don't remember before. After having the wine in the glass for almost two hours, the nose was explosive, and the palate felt like bottled electricity, with effervescent acidity that makes you salivate, and it had incredible depth and concentration. They now tell me they think the vines could have been planted in 1785, in a property that had been a granite quarry, so I don't need to tell you what the soils are like here. This is a zone with a lot of fog, and that brings intense salinity to the wines. I need to dig out some bottles of 2010 I have somewhere in my cellar and check the evolution, because they tell me, and I agree, that this is a modern version of the 2010. - Luis Gutierrez
Testvinder Helt klart for ung. Tæt, intens frugt, lag på lag, østersskal galore, citrus, mineraler – og ja, netop til østers (og andre skaldyr) ville denne være et oplagt valg, meget bedre end champagne. Luksuriøs, knivskarp drik. - Niels Lillelund
A benchmark for the purity of Albariño fruit in Salnés, from vineyards between 50 and 200 years old. It’s fresh and lively, with flavours of apricot, peach, dried grass, spice and acacia, with roundness from 12 months’ lees ageing and a multi-layered finish. - Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
You can see the complexity and depth of aromas as soon as you put your nose in the glass. Notes of waxy apples, fennel, aniseed (which Gerado says is one of the signs of a great vintage) and white apples emerge from the glass followed by a medium-bodied palate showing incredible concentration without feeling heavy. Everything here is more concentrated, including the acidity, it's a size (or three!) bigger than the Do Ferreiro, but all in balance and harmony. One of the greatest Albariños. Bravo!