Pazo Barrantes Gran Vino Albariño

Rías Baixas, Spain

Vintage:2019 (Past)

2020 (Current)

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Pazo Barrantes Gran Vino Albariño 2019
  • WA 94
  • WE 92
  • JS 92
  • V 91
  • WS 91
  • JR 17/20

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

92 Points

July 2022, Mike DeSimone

“This wine has aromas of white peach with a hint of petrol. It is smooth in the mouth, offering flavors of nectarine, Valencia orange, salted popcorn and dried herbs.”

The Wine Advocate

94 Points

February 28, 2022, Luis Gutiérrez

“The wine is extremely balsamic and medicinal, with an explosive nose with notes of white flowers, but the nose changes, as we know. What impressed me was the seamless structure and the harmony on the palate. It's titillating, elegant, detailed and nuanced, with terrific balance. I was gobsmacked!”

JancisRobinson.com

17/20 Points

October 5, 2021, Jancis Robinson

“Pure, racy, fruity nose with good marine lift and aromas. Green-fruit flavours and satin texture.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points, #57 TOP 100 Wines of 2021

September 30, 2021, Gillian Sciaretta

“This white has a smooth, luxurious texture, with lime, honey cream, white blossom and tangerine flavors that are matched with a hint of toast and ample spice elements. Mouthwatering acidity is well-integrated, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.”

JamesSuckling.com

92 Points

September 9, 2021, James Suckling

“A fruity nose of apple blossom, nectarine, candied pear, guava, lime cordial and some fresh cider. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a juicy, ripe palate. Subtle saline notes. Round, delicious finish. Drink now.”

Vinous Media

91 Points

June 2021, Josh Raynolds

“Brilliant, green-hued straw. Aromas of nectarine, orange, Anjou pear and white flowers, with a hint of fennel in the background. Fleshy orchard and pit fruit flavors tighten up with air. Shows very good energy on the long, chewy, mineral-driven finish, which leaves pear skin and honeysuckle notes behind.”

Overview

Pazo de Barrantes, a wine that captures the subtle flavor and freshness of albariño, comes from one of the largest single estates in Salnés Valley, Rías Baixas D.O. of Galicia, Spain. 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.

The grapes used to elaborate the wine are sourced from Pazo de Barrantes estate, with 30 acres divided into 8 different plots located around the winery. The shallow soils of the estate are granitic with sand on the surface and the average age of the vineyard is 30 years. The vines are trained high on supporting wires in the ‘parral’ trellis system (also known as Parron), as is the local tradition, to guard against mildew and rot, and to assist ripening.

Winemaking

After an exhaustive hand-picked selection, the grapes are destemmed and pressed gently and slowly in a pneumatic press. The must is decanted by flotation to ensure greater aromatic purity and then fermented at 10ºC in stainless steel tanks for approximately 60 days. After fermentation, the wine remains in contact with fine lees for two months inside the stainless steel tank.

7 months in stainless steel tanks, 15% in acacia wood barrels and 16 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

This new Pazo de Barrantes will surprise with an extremely elegant and expressive nose; fine aromas of white stone fruits, hints of citric fruits, balsamic nuances, acacia blossoms and bay. Liveliness and freshness in the palate, with a fluid texture and a balanced, long finish.

Food Pairing

Pairs beautifully with grilled queen scallop over truffled potatoes and cavia, mille-feuille filled with smoked eel, white asparagus pudding, white shrimp with mint, marinated sardine, grapefuit jam and blood orange. The suggested serving temperature is 52ºF.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Albariño

Wine Alcohol: 13%

Harvest Start Date: September 13, 2019

Harvest End Date: September 20, 2019

Bottling Date: June 2020

Soil Composition: Sandy soil