Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana

Albariño

2022
Rías Baixas
Galicia
Spain
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Bo-DAY-gas FOR-yas del SAL-nes Lay-ee-RA-na Al-ba-REEN-yo
Varietal
Albariño
$33
Flavors
Meyer Lemon Meyer Lemon
White Flowers White Flowers
Mineral Mineral
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Palate Character

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COLOR
Pale Straw Yellow
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13%
GRAPE(S)
Albariño
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Why this wine made the cut…
Albariño does not get the attention it deserves for the serious and complex potential of its wines. Those who ignore it have not had Leirana Albariño.
Rías Baixas, Spain
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Albariño
100% Al-ba-REE-nyo
Albariño is a high-quality white grape varietal found on the border of Portugal and Spain where it particularly flourishes in Galicia. Alabariño combines fruit, mineral aromas and flavors, often with saline notes, and a floral component. The grape’s fresh acidity balances the wine’s medium-full body and also makes it versatile with many different foods.
Country / State
Spain
Region
Galicia
Sub Region
Rías Baixas
Producer
Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana
Winemaker(s)
Rodrigo Mendez
Vintage
2022
Vineyards and Winery of Bodegas Forjas del Salnes LeiranaVineyards and Winery of Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana

Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana

Rías Baixas, Spain

Rodrigo Mendes, the founder of Forjas Del Salnes, works with Raul Perez to make Albarino and reds native to Galicia.  Rodrigo purchased abandoned vineyards, some of which were long-abandoned, and brought them back to life. A pioneer in many ways, Rodrigo may be the first in Spain to age his Albarino under water!

Rodrigo Mendez of Bodegas Forjas del Salnes LeiranaRodrigo Mendez of Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana
Bodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana's pergola trained vinesBodegas Forjas del Salnes Leirana's pergola trained vines

The 40 year old Albarino vines are grown in the cool climate of the Salnés Valley, just a short distance from the Atlantic coast, where it can rain quite a bit, but the poor soil granite based soils drain well.  These old vines have deep roots imparting the unique flavors of the terroir. 

Rodrigo’s emphasis is to authentically represent the sites he farms, and the truest representation of Spain’s traditional varieties, through natural winemaking and minimalist invention in the cellar.