2009 Burgans Albarino

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 90
White Wine
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"The 2009 Albarino is light gold-colored with a lovely bouquet of white flowers, hazelnut, peach pit, and mineral. On the palate it is surprisingly complex for its bargain price with a viscosity bordering on opulence. If you enjoy Albarino, this is one to buy by the case.

Burgans’ Albarino is an annual Best Buy in this journal but the superb 2009 vintage in Rias Baixas has carried it to new heights." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Luciano Almoedo remains the winemaker at this prestigious estate, producing pure Albarino bottlings with lovely aromatics and precision. The use of wood is definitively eschewed at the Bodega in order to preserve the natural lift and minerality of the grapes. As such, the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with light lees stirring. The wine is blended by Eric Solomon, working in concert with the property, and is bottled in the spring after harvest.

It wasn’t until the last 20 years that progressive thinking winemakers of the region began to think that Rias-Baixas deserved it own D.O. Their change in thinking arose primarily from their belief that the Albarino varietal, grown on these specific soils in Northwestern Spain, produced an amazingly delicious wine that could not be duplicated in other parts of the country. The varietal is characterized by low yields, difficulty of cultivation, and delicate berries. Although other varietals are grown in the zone, a wine must be produced from 100% Albarino to receive the Rias-Baixas D.O.