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Leirana Albarino by Bodegas Forjas del Salnes 2022

Leirana Albarino

by Bodegas Forjas del Salnes 2022

Producer : Bodegas Forjas del Salnes

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

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

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

Tasting Notes

Pale gold. Fresh melon, white peach and tangerine scents show fine clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality with aeration. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged citrus fruit, nectarine and honeydew flavors deepen steadily on the back half. Closes very long and silky, with resonating peach and mineral qualities and a suave floral nuance.

"The gentler 2022 Leirana reflects a warmer year of rounder wines and slightly lower acidity. They are increasing the amount of oak, and eventually, this could end up being 100% in (used and large) foudres, but the wines don't show any oak. They blended all the wines before they are put in foudre, and they feel it results in better integration of the wine. This represents the Salnés region of Rías Baixas with the salty and tasty marine and granite twist."

93 points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Nov 2023

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 93
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 2022
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 $239.94

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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