First of the new vintage
Spain’s lush Rías Baixas region is home to some of the world’s best Albariño — the oldest of which is grown near the town of Cambados in the Val do Salnés sub-region. Here, vines immortalized by age produce Albariños of great depth and complexity. In 2016, Granbazán bottled one of their greatest efforts in 77 years. Typically the coolest of Rías Baixas’ five sub-regions, the Salnés Valley was blessed with heat and the result is a beautifully complex, lush Albariño, which the Wine Access Judging Panel awarded 91 points overall. Granbazán wines are only sporadically available in the U.S. and we have a limited and coveted allocation. With such a beautiful acid backbone, this is one Albariño you could cellar.
No one does Albariño better than Rías Baixas’ lauded Granbazán, featured in top restaurants and wine shops all over Spain, and whose distinctive green and amber labels can’t be forgotten once the wine inside is tasted. Stimulated and cleansed by dry winds, Granbazán’s vines are planted on 33 acres in the middle of a sunny microclimate largely devoid of humidity. The vines are trained on stone pergolas — parras — made from the same granite as the soil below.
The 2016 Granbazán Albariño “Etiqueta Ámbar" is a blend of mostly estate fruit, along with a careful selection of grapes sourced from some of the area’s best growers. After an extended cold soak, which brings to life the wine’s impressive aromatic profile, fermentation happens in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of fruit flavors. Extended aging on the lees creates a wonderfully rich mouthfeel.
Wonderful fruit, substantial body and character for this variety. Paired with sushi for a memorable indulgence
Very tasty white. We'd had an Albarino several years ago (special bottling) that we really liked. Until now, though, every one we tried since then could best be described as blah. Due to our multi-year experience with Wine Access's finds, we took a chance on a case of the Granbazan, and that chance bore fruit. Excellent, both as a white to enjoy by itself or with seafood or a similar dish. I'm really glad we took the chance.
If you always wanted to know what a classic, top end Albariño was like and, in my opinion, should continue to be, try this. Don't mix it up with the Granbazan that comes in the green bottle. This is one, two notches above. If I would rate it as an Albariño, I would give it 5 stars.
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