2011 Palacio de Fefinanes Albarino

Year: 2011
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Vinous Media: 92
Decanter Magazine: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Pale yellow. Ripe orange, pear and nectarine aromas are complicated by notes of white pepper, herbs and honeysuckle. Pliant, expansive orchard and citrus fruit flavors show very good depth and energy, with a late note of bitter quinine adding grip. Finishes firm and long, with lingering spiciness and tangy minerality." (IWC)

"Very fresh and classy. Aromatic white flowers, green fruit and pineapple. Lemon curd, zesty charm, rich supple palate, balanced by gentle grip and fine mineral notes with a salty hint. Long, fresh finish. Drink 2012-2017." - Decanter (August 2012), 94 pts

Winery Notes:
Fresh fruit aromas of apricot and peach slices with notes of lemon and green apple. Pretty notes of honey and wet nutmeg, and the mouth is round, clean, and pleasant with baked apple, honey, and lemon. This is a classic AlbariƱo which is good young, but actually improves over two to three years and remains quite drinkable for up to five years. Owner Juan Gil comments that the wine really starts to come into its own in June/July, and he actually prefers it 18 or more months after it's made. A FefiƱanes "vertical" of three or four vintages can provide some most interesting surprises.