(2023) From 2017, there is obvious development t here, a pale yellow-gold colour and the nose waxy and lemony, with notes of waxy parcel string and nutty, buttery notes. In the mouth it is dry and saline, there is firm lemony acidity driving through the ozone character, a hessian-like dryness, apple cores and pithy citrus into a satisfying, long finish.
(2023) From Rioja producer Marques de Vargas, vines are over 35 years old and come from vineyards in the southerly Condado de Tea region close to the Portuguese border. It's a particularly tangy and vibrant rendition,lots of citrus zest to the aromas, then a palate of punchy, sherbet-bright character, the acids singing in the finish with that typical saline tang, which rings clear like a bell. Just hints of sweeter, more peachy flavours coming through from this slightly warmer sub-zone.
(2022) How interesting to taste a 2018, which had a long lees ageing, up to two years, so an unusual interpretation of AlbariÃ±o. Mealy and nutty undertones but still the ozone and seaside nature of the wine comes through. Lots of citrus and zip on the palate, loads of buoyant orange and tang of grapefruit.
(2021) Always one of my absolute favourite AlbariÃ±o wines from RÃas Baixas, and a particularly aromatic example, leafy, soft dill-like herbs, sea-spray and lemon on the nose, the palate pristine but very approachable, a softness to the fruit and acidity, but clarity too, elegant to the last mouthful. Available early May 2021