2010 Pazo Senorans Albarino

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 93
Los Angeles Times: Wine of the Week 03/01/12
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"The 2010 Albarino was aged in small stainless steel vats sur lie with batonnage for 4 months. Jasmine, mineral, lemon zest, and other citrus notes inform the nose of this multi-dimensional, already complex white. On the palate tropical flavors emerge adding to the wine’s pleasure quotient. Drink this superb effort over the next 3-4 years.

As usual, Pazo de Senorans has made one of the finest Albarinos of the vintage." (WA)

"Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain is renowned for its seafood, which is some of the best on the planet. And what wine is an ideal match with shellfish and crustaceans? Why, Albariño, which comes from that same corner of Spain.

Pazo de Senorañs consistently makes one of the best Albariños in Spain, but in 2010 — a great vintage in Rias Baixas — the estate, which dates back to the 16th century, made a truly great one.

Aged sur lie, the 2010 is wonderfully complex, with hints of apple, lemon and flowers. It has the deep minerality and bracing acidity that pairs so well with seafood.

Drink it with oysters, clams or mussels. It's great with sushi too. And that thick tuna steak you're thinking of grilling? Bring it on." (LA TIMES)

Winery Notes:
100% Albarino In the subregion of Val do Salnes. As is typical in Rias Baixas, vineyards are very small, family owned plots. About one third of the wine is sourced from estate vineyards while the remaining comes from almost 200 growers - all of which have worked with the estate for 20 years and take tremendous pride in their grapes (plus they are paid according to the quality of the grapes). Growers bring sample bunches to the winery to be analyzed and winemaker Ana Quintela Suárez dictates when to harvest. Grapes are harvested in small cases and almost always by women. 4 months in stainless steel on the lees.