2016 Burgans Albarino

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 87
Jeb Dunnuck: 89--Decanter: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :


100% Albariño

"I found the 2016 Burgans Albariño to be rather light in the palate, lacking some concentration and flavors, although with a profile that is quite similar to the flagship bottling, Martín Códax, from the same year. There's a little more residual sugar to compensate the acidity here. 500,000 bottles produced

Martín Códax is a leader in the production of Albariño, with production measured in millions of bottles." (WA)

"The 2016 Burgans Albariño (100% Albariño aged 3 months in tank) is a richer, medium-bodied white that has exotic notes of lime, peach, and honeyed minerality all soaring from the glass. It has rock solid purity and freshness, ample texture, and is going to shine on the dinner table. Drink it over the coming year." (JD)


O.K., one has to overcome the showy green and orange garish label on this Spanish white, but when you do and open and try the wine, you will be astonished by its charm and appeal with its very slight hint of sweet¬ness that does not detract from this wine being a fine inexpensive value to serve with seafood (particularly crab and shrimp), and many types of east Asian cuisines.

The wine exhibits a shimmering yellow/greenish color with golden highlights. In the bouquet and on ones taste buds one finds, apricots, pears and ripe apples. This medium bodied fellow also has an appealing well balanced character with a charming palate soothing mellowness and a perky appealing acid level.

It is surely a wine for present drinking and best consumed by the end of this decade.

RATING: 89/91

PRICE: $11.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

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.

A custom cuvée made for European Cellars by Martin Codax, the Burgans Albariño is named after the hill on which the cooperative is located. Burgans is a cuvée made from a small selection of vineyard plots in the Salnes sub-zone of Rias-Baixas which have a characteristic pit-fruit quality and richness in addition to the bracing minerality for which the sub-zone is famous.

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