Pazo Barrantes Albariño
Rías Baixas, Spain
August 2, 2018, James Suckling
“The white-peach aroma you expect from Rias Baixas, but also a subtlety that’s rare in this region. Lovely balance of creaminess and elegant acidity on the palate with a hint of salty minerals in the long, lingering finish. Drink or hold and this should age up to a decade.”
Pazo de Barrantes, a wine that captures the subtle flavor and freshness of albariño, comes from 30 acres of premium vineyards, the largest single estate in Salnés Valley, Rías Baixas D.O. of Galicia, Spain.
The Pazo Barrantes logo reveals the wine's floral characteristics: fresh fragrances of white flowers, camellias, hydrangeas and leafy white petals. The family behind the well-known Rioja estate Marqués de Murrieta produces Pazo Barrantes and founded the winery in 1991 to make the highest quality albariño.
The wine’s true albariño character is a direct reflection of the Creixell family’s core values of quality and estate-owned vineyards, paired with a modern winemaking approach and the latest technology.
Once in the cellar, these grapes are first carefully destemmed and then gently pressed. This process helps extract the maximum aromatic potential from the grapes. The grape juice is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 30 days after decantation of the juice’s small inner particles. Fermentation takes place in absence of the grape skins. It is left in contact with its fine lees for two months in the pursuit of texture and density.
Pairs beautifully with shrimp tartar, grapefuit and crunchy bacon, white asparagus pudding, white shrimp with mint, grilled scallops croquettes, marinated sardine, grapefuit jam and blood orange. The suggested serving temperature is 50ºF.
Varietals: 100% Albariño
Harvest Start Date: September 7, 2017
Harvest End Date: September 19, 2017