Wine Of The Week: Pazo de Barrantes Albarino 2019
This stunning white boasts bright flavors of white citrus, tarragon, and lemon balm.
When it comes to white wines, Rias Baixas makes some of the most elegant bottles in the world. The lush green hills, soaring cliffs, and soft winds rolling in off the Atlantic coast all combine to make wines with crisp freshness and naturally high acidity. That proximity to the ocean gives the wines here subtle notes of sea, making sure they pair perfectly with the region’s seafood.
Pazo de Barrantes has been perched on the shores here since 1511. Today, it’s lead by Vincente Cebrian-Sagarrig, the Count of Creixell and a member of one of the most iconic winemaking families in Spain. In the 1990’s, the winery doubled down and dedicated themselves to Albarino. A good call, because their iterations are wildly special.
The 2019 Gran Vino is a particularly beautiful expression. Aged for 2 months on the lees, 7 months in stainless steel, and a further 16 months in bottle, it’s wildly textural. On the note, beautiful stone fruit and opulent white citrus, with bright limestone, tarragon, and lemon balm on the palate.
The finish is persistent and rich, with subtle salinity that carries through each sip. Silky, lively, and aromatic with a refreshing salinity. For around $50, this wine is a fantastic value – think Southern burgundy on a budget. It takes a chill super well so pop it in the freezer for a quick moment before serving. $50
Kate Dingwall is a WSET-trained sommelier and seasoned spirits writer. Her work has appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Forbes.com, and Food & Wine, and she pours wine at one of Canada’s top restaurants.