About The Producer
The winery was purchased by La Rioja Alta in 1988 and is now state-of-the-art in terms of equipment. The estate's vineyards are in the southern section of the Rias Baixas where warmer conditions mean early ripening and good levels. It is hilly country with poor soils giving low yields of high quality grapes. The bodega's 42 hectares constitute the largest holding in this appellation and contribute 80% of the grapes used in production. Lagar means "press" and an ancient wooden press graces the label.
About The Wine
The growth cycle started at the end of March, a week later than usual for the area. The delay continued throughout the growing season, marked by high humidity and mild temperatures in the DO Rías Baixas, ideal conditions for ensuring a quality vintage. High temperatures and good weather in mid September ensured proper ripening and grapes in perfect condition at harvest. We started picking on September 19 at Finca Xan Grande in O Rosal.
After manual harvesting, choice grapes were placed in 20 kg/44 lb tubs and taken to the winery using refrigerated transport. The best clusters coming out of the sorting table were destemmed. The grapes were cooled to 10°C/50°F and macerated for 10 hours. After this time, they were gently pressed in an inert atmosphere to prevent the slightest oxidation. After decanting, the clean must fermented at 15°C/59°F. This vintage, malolactic fermentation took place in 15% of the tanks, achieving a balance between fruit and unctuousness. The wine was was kept on the lees until bottling, with periodic stirring to keep them in suspension and provide the wine with complexity.
Rias Baixas, Spain
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Yellow with green hues; clean and bright. Ample, forthright nose, highlighted by the typical varietal aromas of the Albariño (ripe apples and pears, stone fruit, particularly apricots) and a remarkable citrus background. Lively, fresh and structured in the mouth, with well-integrated acidity. Very persistent aftertaste, where hints of exotic fruit (lychees) make their appearance.
92 Points - James Suckling
So many flowers here, including honeysuckle, daffodils, almonds and cherry blossom. The palate has a really expansive, fleshy feel for this variety, without the addition of oak, but the acidity is still forthright and still right on point.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Well-blended white-fruit aromas are clean and fresh, while this feels tight and stony like wet river rocks. Lemon, tropical-fruit, green-apple and saline flavors play out on a long and pure finish. If you want quality and focused restraint from your Albariño, this has it.
Product size: 750ml