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Areas de Arra Albarino

by Bodegas Forjas del Salnes 2018


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Producer : Bodegas Forjas del Salnes

Region : Rias Baixas (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 3 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Rich Fish, Risotto, Salad, Vegetables, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"The Albariño I previously tasted as 2017 Leirana Arenales de Arra was finally released as 2017 Leirana Areas de Arra, the same name but in Gallego language, and it was only released in September 2021. The 2018 Leirana Areas de Arra might be released in September 2022, but I had the chance to taste it since it was bottled in September 2019. They want to release it with three years in bottle. The 2017 has been priced quite high and has caused some stir in the local Spanish market. This comes from one of the few places that has sand dunes by the beach and produces very fine-grained wines that are elegant and subtle. This is subtler and more elegant than the initial 2017, combining depth and concentration with finesse. This comes from the same plot as the 2017, planted mostly with centenary ungrafted vines (there are some younger pants that are grafted)... 1,800 bottles were filled in September 2019."

96 Points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Feb 2022


Bottles Per Case 3 Pack
Point Score 96
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodegas Forjas del Salnes
Region Rias Baixas (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Fresh and crisp whites
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Organic
Grapes Albariño
Food Pairing Rich Fish, Risotto, Salad, Vegetables, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $599.97

The Producer

Bodegas Forjas del Salnes

Rodrigo Mendez is a 5th generation winemaker from the tiny fishing village of Meaño in Val do Salnes, the most coastal of the subzones of DO Rias Baixas. Descended from the founding head of the DO of Rias Baixas, he is an astute historian of the history and heritage of this place, and makes wines to express and preserve this history and unique maritime terroir. He sources the parcels he farms through generational familial relationships, from families for whom winemaking is no longer their way of life. Indeed, his preservation of these historic vineyards is a vocation as much as it is a passion project – he feels compelled and bound to farm these parcels, because otherwise they would no longer exist. He makes wine in a way that harkens back to lost methods – painstaking work that eschews the tutti-frutti style that’s become the mainstream. Rather than allowing the wine to go through malolactic fermentation, Rodri lets his fruit hang longer than his neighbors in the appellation, allowing the natural weight and viscosity of the wine balance the searing acidity that this maritime zone produces. This approach is risky and requires expertise few can match, but the end result is a wine with weight that reflects the sea and the wind – unmistakably Salnes.

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