2019 Bodegas La Cana Albarino

Year: 2019
Appellation: Rias Baixas
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 89
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"This focused, elegant white has a distinctive briny undertone accenting the apple, ginger and peach flavors. Savory elements of spice and herb fine-tune the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2022. 18,000 cases made, 15,000 cases imported. -G.S." (WS)

"The clean and fruit-driven 2019 Albariño shows the powerful house style of wines with volume and high acidity to compensate it. The wine matured in a combination of stainless steel and used oak puncheons and demi-muids for five months with bâtonnage. It has some balsamic notes of recently cut grass and a faint bitter touch in the finish. It finishes dry. 156,000 bottles produced.

La Caña is the winery in the Salnés zone of Rías Baixas from US importer Jorge Ordoñez. They produce 240,000 bottles." (WA)

"A very precise and well made white with cooked apple, spicy pear and some crushed-cement character. Medium to full body with tangy acidity that gives tension to the pretty fruit. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The base 2019 La Caña is all Albariño and comes from vines planted from 1962 to 1984. Brought up in a mix of stainless steel and neutral oak, it reveals a medium gold hue as well as crisp notes of honeyed citrus, salty mineral, and apple blossom. With good depth of fruit on the palate, it's medium-bodied, balanced, and has a great mix of texture and freshness. It's going to be incredibly versatile on the dinner table." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for this wine come from 11.5 Ha of vineyards (5.2 Ha are estate owned and 6.3 Ha are owned by local growers) divided amongst 12 parcels located in Sisan Ribadumia in the Salnes Valley, the most northern part of the Rias Baixas very near the Atlantic ocean. The vines were planted in 1966 in the pergola system, traditional for this area. The soils are very sandy and have a high acidity due to their proximity to the ocean. Yields are 4.5 T/Ha. The wine is partially barrel fermented and all of the wine rests sur lie.