2018 Pazo de Senorans Albarino Coleccion

25.95 21.45
Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Galicia
Appellation Rías Baixas (Appellation)
Winery Bodegas Senorans
Year 2018
Grape Albarino
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2026
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Bodegas Senorans is located in Vilanovina, in the valley of the Rio Salnes, east of Pontevedra in the Rías Baixas. The domain was bought in 1979 by Marisol Bueno (President of the Rias Consejo) and her husband Javier Mareque. A lot of money was invested in replanting the vineyards. Everything was cleared and replanted with Albarino grapes, which give such amazing results here. In 1989, considerable investments were again made to completely renew the production means and in this way the newest and most modern means to produce wine were obtained. The first harvest was in 1990. In 1992 the young and promising oenologist Ana Quintela was brought into the firm and since then the wines have been on an annual increase in quality. Pazo de Senorans is always the last to start the harvest. They harvest with a higher sugar content than the other Bodegas. This results in optimal and evenly ripe grapes with ultimately more aromas and flavors and less aggressive acids. Harvesting is only done by hand (which is by the way the only possible way because the vines are planted in pergola shape). and then the grapes are also selected by hand. We work with lower yields than elsewhere in order to obtain more concentration and with a very slow fermentation. This is also the only way to age the wines, because although in Spain people only want to drink the Albariño young, this Pazo de Señorans has a very nice aging potential.

The bodega has recently started marketing older vintages from their cellars under the label: Pazo Senorans Collection. Substantially higher in price, especially since it only concerns a limited number of bottles, but purely to show the wine-loving public that with aging this wine becomes even more special with even better integrated fruit & acid. The wine is aged longer on its lees (sur lie) and the wine is always released more than 3 years later than the regular and then as Colección release, and this time it was the turn of the Albariño Colección 2018 (release June 2022). Wonderful for enthusiasts to see how beautifully good Albairino's can age. It is developed with some oily Riesling notes and a polished palate where the wine is quite smooth and creamy to the touch.

Read the Wine Advocate's review who kindly says it's kind of a shame that we drink beautiful Albarinos way too early and never let them reach full maturity.

Vineyard for 2018 Pazo de Senorans Albarino Coleccion

Pazo Señorans, de templo bodeguero a lugar de ensueño para eventos en Meis  (Pontevedra)

Pazo de Señorans is located in the wine region of Rias Baixas which is located in Galicia, all the northwest of Spain and north of Portugal. This area is famous for producing Spain's best white wines, Rias Baixas' Albariño. Like many regions in Galicia, the soil here is also completely made of granite. The top layer consists of sand, mainly crumbled granite particles. This ensures that there is perfect water drainage from the soils. At low yields, the granite soils also ensure a nice minerality in the grapes.

Bodegas Pazo de Señorans is located in Vilanovina, in the valley of the Rio Salnes, east of Pontevedra. The domain was bought in 1979 by Marisol Bueno (president of the Rias Consejo) and her husband Javier Mareque. A lot of money was invested at Pazo de Senorans in replanting the vineyards. Everything was harvested and replanted with Albarino grapes, which give such astonishing results here. The grape vines are planted 100% in pergola form, the authentic way of planting grapes in this region. That way, the grapes are protected from the rain. In 1989, a great deal of investment was made to completely renew the means of production, thus obtaining the latest and most modern means of producing wine.

The first harvest was in 1990. In 1992, the young and promising oenologist Ana Quintela was brought into the company and since then the wines have seen an annual increase in quality. Pazo de Señorans is always the last to start the harvest. They harvest with a higher sugar content than the other Bodegas. All this results in optimally and evenly ripe grapes with ultimately more aromas and flavors and less aggressive acids. Harvest is done only by hand, which is a result of the Pergola plantation and then the grapes are also selected by hand.

Pazo de Senorans works with lower yields than other bogegas and this is purely meant that the wines can get more concentration and taste and this is also the only way to let the wines age, because although in Spain the Albariño only wants to be young drinking the Pazo de Señorans has a very nice aging potential.
In addition to the Pazo Senorans, the Pazo Senorans Selección de Añada is also produced: this wine is made from the oldest vines with very low yields. The grapes are only picked when they have reached their ideal ripeness. The grapes then further ripen on low-temperature stainless steel and on its yeast cells (sur lies) for 3 years. The aromatic components of the wine can fully develop in this way. The Pazo Senroans Selección de Añada can be imposed for 10 years without any problem and will improve even further. The work sur lies is also an important part of vinification in the ordinary Pazo de Señorans.
 
The wines of Pazo Senorans have a clear, light yellow-green color and a pure scent of tropical fruit. These influences are also reflected in the taste. The wine is wonderfully fresh and due to the good ripeness of the fruit, the wine even seems slightly sultry, in other words, mouth filling. The finish is long, intense and complex.

It is not without reason that Ferran Adrià (formerly El Bulli) has chosen this wine as one of his 'open wines', the Pazo Senorans, for his new restaurant 'Tickets' in Barcelona.

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Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Galicia
Appellation Rías Baixas (Appellation)
Winery Bodegas Senorans
Grape Albarino
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Complex, Fruity, Powerful, Round, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Terras
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